|The Medfly: a curse for fruit plants|
A little known application of radioactivity in the food processing industry, is the eradication of harmful insects, like the Mediterranean fruit fly- the Medfly - in countries producing fruits and vegetables. Left to multiply naturally these flies attack the lemon tree plantations and other fruits. The females attack the ripening fruit leaving their eggs inside.
|Scott Bauer/USDA (United States Department of Agriculture)|