Scientists Pick Up the Genetic Scent of Stinkbug Invaders

New method that tests for insect DNA on farm produce could “revolutionize” agricultural pest surveillance. DNA sloughed off by brown marmorated stinkbugs can be detected within the water farmers use to wash crops before the pests have fully invaded that farm. It notes that the stinkbugs, which are native to eastern Asia, have caused farmers to lose entire crops and that by the time farmers notice the invasion, it’s too late for them to do anything about it. But researchers from Rutgers University have found that environmental DNA sampling may be able to detect the pests early on.