Study: Rock music is noise pollution, at least to ladybugs

“Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution” proclaims the title of a song on AC/DC’s landmark album “Back in Black.”

Posted: Jul 15, 2018 12:09 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — “Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution” proclaims the title of a song on AC/DC’s landmark album “Back in Black.”

But one Mississippi State University professor, despite being a listener to the band, says his research shows otherwise.

Biology Professor Brandon Barton tells the Starkville Daily News he was rocking out to the AC/DC song one day and thought “that’s a testable hypothesis.”

So he and some students did test it, putting ladybugs into soybeans infested with aphids, a common pest of the staple crop.

The team then bathed the environment in various sounds, including “Back in Black,” a country album, a folk album, city sounds and aircraft noise.

Barton says that after 15 hours or more of harsh sounds like hard rock or city noise, ladybugs ate fewer aphids.

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