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'Cotton candy' fiber barrier protects crops from pests
A Cornell University entomologist uses a 'cotton candy' web of fibers to protect crops as maggots and worms develop resistance to pesticides. (2002-02-13)
Exposing insects' sense of smell
A key step in insects' sense of smell has been uncovered by researchers in Switzerland, the United States and Japan. (2002-01-03)
Early detection device for exposure to chemical warfare agents being developed
A device that could detect the earliest signs of exposure to deadly chemical warfare agents is being developed by researchers in Augusta and Boston. (2001-12-03)
Mutant proteins may be key to defeat chemical warfare
Enzymes -proteins commonly used to speed up chemical reactions - can render chemical warfare agents and insecticides harmless by breaking them apart. (2001-11-08)
Green Guard goes global
Farmers around the world are set to benefit from the global expansion of CSIRO's environmentally-friendly pesticide Green Guard®. (2001-10-30)
Fight between GMOS and the bugs they repel may not be over
Mark Whalon, a Michigan State University entomology professor, says that farmers and those marketing genetically modified seeds shouldn't become complacent because so far there has been no documented evidence that insects have developed resistance to crops engineered to repel them. (2001-08-29)
Scientists find genetic basis of insect's resistance to engineered crops
Some experts fear that increased use of bioengineered crops with built-in insecticides could backfire and actually spur the development of genetically resistant pests. (2001-08-02)
Scientists gather seeking ways to stop insects from transmitting disease
Around 60 scientists will gather from July 14-15 for the Cleveland Vector Encounter, which seeks to gather prominent vector researchers from around the United States, Canada, and South America and to provide a forum for the free discussion of ways to combat the spread of devastating insect-transmitted diseases such as malaria. (2001-07-13)
Technology patented to create Pierce's disease-resistant grapevines
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today (5/15) issued a patent for the use of a group of genes in grapevines expected to make the plants resistant to a disease that causes millions of dollars in losses each year for grape growers. (2001-05-14)
Australian chemists present new research findings at Pacifichem 2000
New findings on topics including the degradation of rubber products, pesticides in wine and antibiotics from unusual sources will be presented by Australian chemists in Honolulu at the 2000 International Chemical Congress of Pacifichem Basin Societies. (2000-12-17)
Texas A&M University biologists are developing genetically modified rice resistant to insects and microbes
Texas A&M University biologists are developing genetically modified rice resistant to insects and microbes, which could revolutionize the food and agriculture industries and help alleviate hunger in developing countries. (2000-11-30)
Gene barrier in corn may boost trade, environment
Working with teosinte, a wild cousin of maize, a University of Wisconsin-Madison scientist has found a molecular barrier that, bred into modern hybrid corn, is capable of completely locking out foreign genes, including those from genetically modified corn. (2000-10-10)
Food poisoning bugs thrive in crop sprays
Eating fresh fruit may make you sick. Researchers in Canada have discovered that pesticide sprays encourage life- threatening bacteria to grow on crops, which could pose a threat to people eating raw fruit and vegetables. (2000-10-03)
Soybean pest native to China detected in U.S. for first time
A new soybean pest previously unreported in the U.S. has appeared in fields scattered across Wisconsin during the past month. (2000-08-14)
In-home pesticide exposure increases Parkinson's risk
SAN DIEGO, CA - Pesticide use and exposure in the home and garden increase the risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to a study of almost 500 people newly diagnosed with the disease. (2000-05-04)
Bedbugs bite back (again)
Bedbugs seem to be making something of a comeback after a prolonged absence, suggests a letter from Brighton Public Health Laboratory Service in this week's BMJ. (2000-04-20)
Field refuges prevent moth's resistance to genetic insecticides
Cornell University scientists have demonstrated that creating a refuge of unprotected plants in a crop field reduces the chance of insects developing resistance to transgenic insecticidal plants, the researchers report in the March 2000 issue of the journal Nature Biotechnology. (2000-03-02)
A burning bush could smite New York's mosquitoes
Oil from the burning bush plant could have been used as a surprise weapon against the mosquitoes spreading West Nile virus in New York. (1999-09-29)
Worms will never taste the same: a new study examines how insecticides influence birds
A new study, published in the August edition of Ecological Applications, finds that birds will consistently avoid worms that have been injected with sub-lethal doses of the insecticide parathion after only a single exposure. (1999-09-01)
Natural repellant in Spanish cedar leaves could help tropical forests
Naturally occurring substances that appear to repel a leaf-eating insect pest have been found in the leaves of Spanish cedar trees, according to results of a study by British researchers published in the Sept. (1999-08-27)
Flea collars may expose children to insecticides
When children pet the family dog, are they exposed to flea collar insecticides present in the animal's coat? (1999-08-23)
Cockroaches beware! This house has been treated with catnip
Researchers have confirmed an old wives' tale: Placing catnip around the house helps keep cockroaches away. (1999-08-23)
American Chemical Society honors 1999 Heroes of Chemistry
Each year the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society, honors as 'Heroes of Chemistry (1999-08-22)
Children and environmental toxics: special symposium at New Orleans scientific meeting
The latest research on children's health and the environment - a relatively new area of scientific exploration - is the focus of a special three-day symposium. (1999-08-13)
Many contaminants found in nation's streams, but few drinking-water standards exceeded, USGS report shows
In a look at water-quality conditions of 20 of the country's largest and most important river basins, the U.S. (1999-06-28)
New natural insecticide offers environmentally-friendly choice to combat increased pest resistance
Dow AgroSciences, LLC of Indianapolis, Ind., received the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge award today for its development of Spinosad, a selective, natural, low-risk insecticide (registered by the EPA as a reduced risk pesticide). (1999-06-28)
Malaria called failure, puzzle and challenge
Malaria, a tropical disease that has been called one of the most complex health problems facing humanity in the 20th century, is at once a failure, a puzzle, and a serious challenge, according to the Pan American Health Organization. (1999-06-21)
K-State Researchers Study Pest Resistance Management
Examining if and how corn borer resistance to Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) toxins develop so farmer-friendly resistance management plans can be identified is the focus of a genetic study done by a team of entomology researchers at Kansas State University. (1999-05-07)
Gulf War Troop Exposure To Pesticides To Be Studied By Virginia Tech Researchers
Virginia Tech researchers will investigate the possibility that troops exposed to insecticides during the Persian Gulf War could be at increased risk of developing Parkinson's Disease, thanks to a $543,000 grant from the U.S. (1998-11-10)
Safe Water, Medicines, Insecticides Greatest Needs After Mitch
Safe water, specific medicines, insecticides and waste disposal are the highest priority needs in the Central American countries affected by Hurricane Mitch, say Pan American Health Organization disaster experts. (1998-11-06)
PAHO Responds To Countries Affected By Hurricane Georges, Makes Appeal For Emergency Funds For Haiti And Dominican Republic
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has issued an appeal for funds to aid the health sectors of the Dominican Republic and Haiti and to make emergency repairs to health facilities in the northeastern Caribbean damaged by Hurricane Georges. (1998-09-25)
Third Annual Awards For Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Recognize Innovations
This year's winners of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards were announced here today. (1998-06-29)
New Microbial Insecticide As Potent As Bt
By isolating and characterizing the biochemical properties of a new-found natural insecticide, scientists have taken an important step toward augmenting the sparse armamentarium of biological pest control. (1998-06-25)
Peas With Built-In Weevil Resistance
CSIRO announced today that it has produced genetically modified peas almost one hundred percent resistant to weevils. (1998-05-28)
Termites' Attraction To Small Amounts Of Carbon Dioxide Lures Pests To Their Deaths
How do you get rid of termites? A Colorado State University scientist has found a natural way--with small amounts of carbon dioxide. (1998-01-15)
New Bacterium May Aid War On Insect Pests
Scientists have discovered a bacterium with the same insect- thwarting properties as the widely-used Bacillus thurengensis. (1997-12-17)
CDC And NIH Join In Testing Exposure Of Americans To Environmental Estrogens And Other Chemicals
NIH's National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Environmental Health have launched a study of blood and urne samples to determine the amount of exposure that Americans have to environmental estrogens. (1997-11-24)
Pharmaceuticals Manufactured In Insect Larvae
Thanks to the confluence of a new technology in virology and a recent patent in rearing insects, scientists at the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research Inc. (1997-09-25)
Colorado State Researcher Uses Natural Chemicals To Battle Major Corn Pest
Colorado State University researcher Lou Bjostad is using ingredients available at most grocery stores and a food processor to battle the corn industry's peskiest pest. (1997-07-25)
Two Parasitic Wasps Show Promise For Controlling Pest Flies
With the goal of improving the natural biological control of flies, scientists have scoured Illinois feedlots. (1997-07-15)
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