Deep Look

Sharpshooter Insects’ Vibrations Spell Trouble in Vineyards

Season 7 Episode 9 | 5m 16s | Video has closed captioning.

Sharpshooter insects are beautiful, but they transmit a devastating disease that kills grapevines. When it's time to mate, they shake their abdomens to make strange calls that – when amplified in a lab – sound like a clucking chicken, a howling monkey or a motorcycle revving up. Now scientists have found a way to use their songs against them.

Aired: 08/07/20

Rating: NR


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