“Bee-friendly pesticide created from SPIDER VENOM usually strong enough to kill a man”

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2647460/Bee-friendly-pesticide-created-SPIDER-VENOM-strong-kill-man.html

Pesticides are widely blamed for wiping out of bee colonies, but a new hive-friendly crop spray from an unexpected source is in development.

Scientists have discovered that the venom of the world’s deadliest spider will kill of pests but won’t  harm bees.

They combined poison from the Australian funnel web spider – whose venom is strong enough to kill a man – with a protein called lectin from the snowdrop plant, to produce an pesticide that is almost harmless to the pollinating insects.

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