The Eradication Of The Pink Bollworm : Short Wave The pink bollworm — an invasive species that plagues cotton farmers around the world — has been successfully eradicated from much of the U.S. and Mexico. Eradication campaigns rarely work, but this one did. NPR food and farming reporter Dan Charles gives us the play-by-play to how it took two concurrent approaches to eradicate this devastating pest.

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A Pesky Rumble: Pink Bollworms Vs. Cotton Farmers

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A Pesky Rumble: Pink Bollworms Vs. Cotton Farmers

A Pesky Rumble: Pink Bollworms Vs. Cotton Farmers

A Pesky Rumble: Pink Bollworms Vs. Cotton Farmers

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As part of a multifaceted program that eradicated the invasive pink bollworm from the United States and Mexico, the caterpillars of this devastating cotton pest were mass reared (as seen above) and 11 billion sterile moths were released by airplanes to overwhelm its populations in the field. /Alexander Yelich, University of Arizona hide caption

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As part of a multifaceted program that eradicated the invasive pink bollworm from the United States and Mexico, the caterpillars of this devastating cotton pest were mass reared (as seen above) and 11 billion sterile moths were released by airplanes to overwhelm its populations in the field.

/Alexander Yelich, University of Arizona

The pink bollworm — an invasive species that plagues cotton farmers around the world — has been successfully eradicated from much of the U.S. and Mexico. Eradication campaigns rarely work, but this one did. NPR food and farming reporter Dan Charles gives us the play-by-play to how it took two concurrent approaches to eradicate this devastating pest.

Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Thomas Lu, edited by Gisele Grayson, and fact-checked by Ariela Zebede and Rasha Aridi. The audio engineer for this episode was Patrick Murray.