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UC Riverside, biotech firm receive grant to combat palm tree pests


Last updated 11/2/2017 at Noon

A $150,000 grant was awarded today to UC Riverside and a Riverside-based biotech firm to bolster their work in developing pesticides capable of eradicating insects that are destroying palm trees in California and elsewhere.

The Washington, D.C.-based Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research's disbursal will be invested in a joint enterprise by the UCR Center for Invasive Species Research and ISCA Technologies, which are seeking to create a pest control formula that's effective in combating the South American palm weevil.

The weevils are considered a major threat to commercial date palms...

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