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Scientists to create new 'chemical noses' to rid the environment of industrial pollutants
Scientists from five European countries have joined forces to develop next-generation 'chemical noses' to remove industrial pollutants from the environment. (2019-02-06)
Rapid gene cloning technique will transform crop disease protection
Researchers have pioneered a new method which allows them to rapidly recruit disease resistance genes from wild plants and transfer them into domestic crops. (2019-02-04)
'Bug bombs' are ineffective killing roaches indoors
Total release foggers, commonly known as 'bug bombs,' are ineffective at removing cockroaches from indoor environments, according to a new study from North Carolina State University. (2019-01-27)
High pesticide exposure among farmers linked to poor sense of smell later
A Michigan State University study is the first to show an association between unusually high pesticide exposure and poor sense of smell among aging farmers. (2019-01-16)
Insect biological control shields tropical forests
An international team of scientists*, involving entomologists, conservation biologists, agro-ecologists and geographers, has just revealed how on-farm biological control can slow the pace of tropical deforestation and avert biodiversity loss on a macro-scale. (2019-01-07)
The transgenic key to more productive crops
Transgenic tobacco plants engineered with synthetic metabolic pathways designed to bypass the inefficient and costly side effects of natural photorespiration show large increases in productivity -- as much as 40 percent over unmodified tobacco plants, a new study says. (2019-01-03)
Scavenging molecule provides long-term protection against nerve agents in rodents
For the first time, scientists have created a scavenging molecule that provides long-lasting preventative protection against toxic nerve agents in rodents. (2019-01-02)
Pesticide exposure raises risk for cardiovascular disease among Latino workers
Latinos who are exposed to pesticides in their workplaces are twice as likely to have cardiovascular disease compared with Latinos who are not exposed to pesticides at work, according to a new study published in the journal Heart. (2018-12-12)
Stronger pesticide regulations likely needed to protect all bee species, say studies
Regulators worldwide currently use honeybees as the sole model species failing to account for potential threats posed by agrochemicals to the full diversity of bee species from bumblebees to solitary bees, which are probably more important for pollination of food crops than managed honeybees. (2018-12-11)
Can rice filter water from ag fields?
While it's an important part of our diets, new research shows that rice plants can be used in a different way, too: to clean runoff from farms before it gets into rivers, lakes, and streams. (2018-12-05)
The persistence of pesticides threatens European soils
A study developed by researchers from the Diverfarming project finds pesticide residues in the soils of eleven European countries in six different cropping systems (2018-11-26)
Public perspectives on food risks
Roughly half of Americans say the average person faces a serious health risk from food additives over their lifetime, while the other half believes the average person is exposed to potentially threatening additives in such small amounts that there is no serious risk. (2018-11-19)
Flaws in industry-funded pesticide evaluation
Academic researchers have examined raw data from a company-funded safety evaluation of the pesticide chlorpyrifos. (2018-11-15)
Planetary boundaries for antibiotic and pesticide resistance identified
Researchers have now published the first estimates of antibiotic and pesticide 'planetary boundaries' in the journal Nature Sustainability. (2018-11-12)
Leading researchers call for a ban on widely used insecticides
Public health experts have found there is sufficient evidence that prenatal exposure to widely used insecticides known as organophosphates puts children at risk for neurodevelopmental disorders. (2018-11-09)
Bees on the brink
Using an innovative robotic platform to observe bees' behavior, Harvard researchers showed that, following exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides -- the most commonly-used class of pesticides in agriculture -- bees spent less time nursing larvae and were less social that other bees. (2018-11-08)
Caterpillar, fungus in cahoots to threaten fruit, nut crops, study finds
New research reveals that Aspergillus flavus, a fungus that produces carcinogenic aflatoxins that can contaminate seeds and nuts, has a multilegged partner in crime: the navel orangeworm caterpillar, which targets some of the same nut and fruit orchards afflicted by the fungus. (2018-11-05)
Appendix removal tied to decreased Parkinson's disease risk in about 20 percent of cases
A large-scale epidemiological analysis of more than one million individuals from Sweden has demonstrated that removal of the appendix is associated with reduced risk of Parkinson's disease (PD) in almost 20 percent of cases, a finding that implicates the tiny organ as a contributor to the onset of the condition. (2018-10-31)
New study finds harmful pesticides lurking in NYS homes
Despite the existence of chemical-free methods to eradicate pests, Americans use more than a billion pounds of pesticides per year. (2018-10-23)
A topical gel to protect farmers from lethal effects of pesticides
A team of researchers at inStem (Institute for Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine) has developed a nucleophilic polymer, which formulated into a topical gel can be applied on the skin before spraying of pesticides. (2018-10-22)
Study uncovers new link between neonicotinoid pesticide exposure and bumblebee decline
Adding to evidence that pesticide use may be abetting the decline of bumblebee, a new study reveals that daily consumption of even small doses of neonicotinoids reduces the survival of queen and male bees, which are critical to the viability of wild populations. (2018-10-17)
Unravelling the genetics of fungal fratricide
Selfish genes are genes that are passed on to the next generation but confer no advantage on the individual as a whole, and may sometimes be harmful. (2018-10-15)
Rutgers discovers new delivery system that could help prevent bacterial infections
Rutgers researchers have discovered a new system to deliver antimicrobial agents -- drugs, antiseptics or pesticides -- that could more effectively treat or prevent bacterial infections. (2018-10-08)
Alternatives to pesticides -- Researchers suggest popular weeds
Research proves that extracts from S. nigrum and D. stramonium, globally existing weed species, may help to protect crop systems against agricultural pests. (2018-10-03)
Seeing pesticides spread through insect bodies
Osaka University-led team provides insights into the distribution of pesticides within insects using a newly developed method of insect sample preparation. (2018-09-19)
Organic farming methods favors pollinators
Pollinating insects are endangered globally, with a particularly steep decline over the last 40 years. (2018-09-14)
Microbiome serves as sentinel for nerve gas exposure
Exposure to banned nerve agents remains a major public health concern globally, especially because of the recent air-release of these agents in Syria. (2018-09-14)
Engineered sand zaps storm water pollutants
University of California, Berkeley, engineers have created a new way to remove contaminants from storm water, potentially addressing the needs of water-stressed communities that are searching for ways to tap the abundant and yet underused source of fresh drinking water. (2018-08-30)
Hungry insects threaten food security in a warming climate
As the climate continues to warm, farmers worldwide may experience substantially increased crop losses due to swelling populations of voracious insect pests, particularly in temperate regions where most of the world's grain is grown, researchers suggest. (2018-08-30)
All that is gold is not biochemically stable
Environmental nanoparticle researchers discover that gold isn't always the shining example of a biologically stable material that it's assumed to be. (2018-08-28)
New approach makes sprayed droplets hit and stick to their targets
MIT engineers led by Kripa Varanasi have devised a new way to make sprayed droplets hit and stick to their targets. (2018-08-28)
The more pesticides bees eat, the more they like them
Bumblebees acquire a taste for pesticide-laced food as they become more exposed to it, a behavior showing possible symptoms of addiction. (2018-08-28)
Bees need it colorful
Stopping bee extinction is a goal of scientists. Researches under the leadership of the University of Würzburg have discovered that a diversified plant environment helps bees in maintaining stable populations. (2018-08-22)
Marine mammals lack functional gene to defend against popular pesticide
As marine mammals evolved to make water their primary habitat, they lost the ability to make a protein that defends humans and other land-dwelling mammals from the neurotoxic effects of a popular man-made pesticide. (2018-08-09)
Loss of a gene long ago puts marine mammals at risk today, as environments change
Ancient loss of gene function across ancestral marine mammal lineages may now be putting modern marine mammals at risk, leaving them defenseless against toxic organophosphates. (2018-08-09)
Bin the bug spray: Study shows EU pesticide ban failing to protect suburban bees
Bees living in suburban habitats are still being exposed to significant levels of pesticides despite the EU ban on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on flowering crops, new research from University of Sussex scientists shows. (2018-07-24)
Urgent change needed to regulate the environmental impacts of chemicals
International study has identified the most important questions that researchers must address in order to help protect our planet over the next decade. (2018-07-20)
Research shows pesticides influence bee learning and memory
A large-scale study published by researchers from Royal Holloway University of London has drawn together the findings of a decade of agrochemical research to confirm that pesticides used in crop protection have a significant negative impact on the learning and memory abilities of bees. (2018-07-11)
Long term use of some pesticides is killing off dung beetle populations
New research led by scientists at the University of Bristol has uncovered that long-term use of some pesticides to treat cattle for parasites is having a significantly detrimental effect on the dung beetle population. (2018-07-09)
New chemical compounds make catalysts more efficient
A team from Ruhr-Universität Bochum has developed new chemical compounds that make catalysts more efficient. (2018-07-09)
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