Substance that gives grapefruit its flavor and aroma could give insect pests the boot

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 10:00 in Biology & Nature

The citrus flavor and aroma of grapefruit — already used in fruit juices, citrus-flavored beverages, and prestige perfumes and colognes — may be heading for a new use in battling mosquitoes, ticks, head lice and bedbugs thanks to a less expensive way of making large amounts of the once rare and pricey ingredient, scientists say.

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