Beans, beans, the magical fruit

Turns out that beans, more specifically, kidney bean leaves, really are magical. Well, unless you're a bedbug, then they're your worst enemy. The kidney bean leaves used to trap bedbugs hundreds of years ago in southeastern Europe may offer a model for a non-toxic, modern-day treatment, say U.S. researchers. "Plants exhibit extraordinary abilities to entrap insects," the study's lead author, Catherine Loudon, an entomologist at the University of California, Irvine, said in a university … [Read more...]