Farmers spray pesticide in a rice field in Yongchuan in Chongqing. Research on a bacterium could cut chemical use. Photo: AFP Farmers spray pesticide in a rice field in Yongchuan in Chongqing. Research on a bacterium could cut chemical use. Photo: AFP
Farmers spray pesticide in a rice field in Yongchuan in Chongqing. Research on a bacterium could cut chemical use. Photo: AFP

'Napoleon' bug that could help do battle against water pollution in China

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Farmers spray pesticide in a rice field in Yongchuan in Chongqing. Research on a bacterium could cut chemical use. Photo: AFP Farmers spray pesticide in a rice field in Yongchuan in Chongqing. Research on a bacterium could cut chemical use. Photo: AFP
Farmers spray pesticide in a rice field in Yongchuan in Chongqing. Research on a bacterium could cut chemical use. Photo: AFP
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