California will spend $2.1 million to fund three research projects that examine safer alternatives to the insecticide chlorpyrifos, the Department of Pesticide Regulation announced Monday.
Commercial use of all but granular forms of chlorpyrifos will be banned in the state after Dec. 31. The state has been evaluating other ways to control pests on the state’s valuable crops.
- The three projects will look at ways to avoid using the insecticide on citrus, and developing different bait systems that do not require spraying to control ants.
- Chlorpyrifos has been linked to brain damage in children, prompting the state to restrict use...