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You Could Even Say It Glows
Chemists at the University of Maryland, College Park, have developed a new, highly selective way to detect chemical weapons. The system uses molecules that are fluorescent in the presence of even small amounts of lethal phosphate esters, including the nerve agent SARIN -- which was used by terrorists in a 1995 Japanese subway attack. (1998-12-01)

Swedenvironment No. 3 Highlights
- Suggestions For An Integrated Product Policy
- New Environment Minister: Kjell Larsson
- Eleven Environmental Indicators
- Environmental Information For Fincancial Markets

Swedenvironment is a newsletter from Ministry if the Environment, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Chemicals Inspectorate in Sweden. (1998-11-25)

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. Army. (1998-11-10)

Geographic Information Systems Help Jamaica Cut Pesticide Use
Virginia Tech researchers are training people in Jamaica to use Geographic Information Systems in integrated pest management, to prevent excessive use of pesticide. GIS programs not only help researchers assemble, store, and recall quickly large amounts of data, but also let researchers manipulate, analyze, and display the spatial patterns of environmental, economic, and socio-cultural variables that might be relevant in solving problems using integrated pest management. (1998-10-30)

Aquaculture: Not An Easy Answer To Overfishing
A new report in the journal Science suggests that some types of aquaculture, a fish-farming concept that once seemed to be the solution to overfishing of the world's oceans, may in fact be causing some of the same problems it was meant to resolve. (1998-10-29)

Cases Of Eye Malformations In Babies Higher In Rural Areas
Dr. Helen Dolk and colleagues from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, report that children from rural areas are twice as likely to suffer from anophthalmia or microphthalmia (eye malformations), as children born in areas with a high population density. (1998-10-02)

40 Percent Of Deaths Are Environmental
According to a Cornell University analysis of population trends, climate change, increasing pollution and emerging diseases, an estimated 40 percent of world deaths can now be attributed to various environmental factors, especially organic and chemical pollutants (1998-09-30)

Promiscuous Plants May Spread Genes To Weeds
Crops engineered to contain genes that give them resistance to pests or the ability to produce lots of seeds, could pass these genes to their weedier cousins producing hybrid strains of super-weeds, says Joy Bergelson, assistant professor of ecology and evolution at the University of Chicago. (1998-09-02)

Advances In Analyzing Environmental Endocrine Disruptors And Their Effects On Health, Environment
Scientists from government agencies, academe and industry will present the latest research on environmental endocrine disruptors and their impact on human health and the environment. Two dozen research reports will be presented during this special two-day symposium at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society. (1998-08-26)

USGS Contributions Enhance Public Health Research, Scientists Showcase Technologies At San Diego Meeting
USGS scientists and health professionals from across the country will come together at the (1998-08-17)

Gene-Toxin Link May Shed Light On Cause Of Parkinson's Disease
Researchers seeking a cause for dementia in patients with Parkinson's disease have discovered that the combination of a defective gene and exposure to pesticides may increase a person's risk for developing the dementia. (1998-07-31)

Biologist Wins Simon Fraser University Controversy Prize For 'Silent Spring' Of The '90s
A compelling book about our futile, ongoing war against insects and other pests has earned Simon Fraser University biologist Mark Winston the university's 1998 Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy. The annual $5,000 prize honors and encourages work that publicly challenges conventional wisdom on issues of broad social concern. (1998-07-30)

Deliberate Self Harm Is An Overlooked Tragedy In The Developing World
Sri Lanka's high incidence of suicides (40 per 100,000 each year), especially in the young (two-thirds are under 30), is due to the toxicity of the poisons commonly used, rather than a real intent to die, find Dr Michael Eddleston et al from universities in Oxford and Colombo. (1998-07-10)

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)

Edible Lily Plant Yields A Natural Pesticide
An edible lily plant, one of the most important vegetables grown in Hokkaido, Japan, is often threatened by a a fungus that develops lesions in the bulbs. But the stress caused by the attack of the plant pathogen triggers a series of chemical reactions that causes the plant to make some natural pesticides. (1998-06-17)

Sentinels Of The Sea
Luminous bacteria could be used as watchdogs in water contaminated by deep-sea dumping. Researchers at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute have found that when colonies of glowing bacteria are exposed to pollutants they get dimmer. (1998-06-03)

Computers, GIS Help Prevent Ground Water Contamination
A Purdue University agricultural engineer has combined a computer model with geographic information systems (GIS) data from satellites to develop a plan to keep agricultural chemicals out of ground water. (1998-05-28)

Increasing Threat Of Extinction For Amphibians? Scientists To Seek Answers At NSF Workshop
Where have all the frogs, toads and salamanders gone? The world's leading researchers on amphibian declines will debate that question, and seek explanations for continuing downward trends of some amphibian populations, at a workshop sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). (1998-05-15)

Water Quality In Georgia-Florida Coastal Plain Affected By Agricultural And Urban Activities
Water quality is generally good in the Georgia-Florida Coastal Plain but has been adversely affected by agricultural and urban land uses in some areas, according to the results of a five-year investigation by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). (1998-04-27)

USGS Says Central Columbia Plateau Water Quality Impaired by Agriculture, But Some Good News
Water quality in the Central Columbia Plateau of eastern Washington and western Idaho has been adversely affected by agriculture, especially in irrigated areas, according to the results of a five-year investigation by the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS). Some improvements, however, are noticeable, such as less sediment being washed into streams. (1998-04-22)

Agriculture and urban activities impact water quality in the South Platte River Basin
Although agriculture and urban activities have substantially affected water quality in several areas of the South Platte River Basin, concentrations of pesticides and volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), such as MTBE, are generally below levels of concern for human health, according to the results of a 5-year investigation of water quality by the U.S. Geological Survey. (1998-04-16)

Reduced Nutrients Still Cause Problems In The Neuse And Tar-Pamlico Rivers
Concentrations of phosphorus and nitrogen have generally declined since 1980 in streams draining into the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds in North Carolina but remain high enough to cause water-quality problems in the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico Rivers, according to the results of a 5-year investigation by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). These findings are consistent with recent public concerns about Pfiesteria, fishkills, algal growths, and pollutants in these two river basins. (1998-04-16)

From The Home Front To The River Front, USGS Updates Water-Quality Information
Two U.S. Geological Survey water-quality studies in the Lower Susquehanna and Potomac River Basins found high levels of nitrate and high counts of bacteria in ground water from wells used for household supply in several rural areas. (1998-04-16)

No Ode To Joy From Food Scientists Over New Edition
The new edition of Joy of Cooking (Plume, December 1997) misleads readers with inaccurate food Back Page column in the April 1998 issue of Food Technology. (1998-04-15)

Water Quality In Indiana's White River Basin Affected By Urban And Agricultural Activities
Water quality in the White River Basin is impacted by urban and agricultural activities, according to the results of a five-year investigation by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Department of the Interior. (1998-04-08)

Conference Brief: Balancing Risks And Benefits Of Pesticides On Foods
UC Davis toxicologist Carl Winter describes cases when pesticides actually increase the healthfulness of foods by reducing the levels of naturally occurring toxins produced by the plants or fungi on the plants. He also suggests changes in related EPA regulations. (1998-03-31)

Insect Taste Buds Target Of Control Method
Insects are probably more finicky than cats when it comes to their diets, so a Penn State insect toxicologist is targeting their taste buds in an effort to protect crops. (1998-03-30)

Research Aims At Nation's First 'Smart' Ground Water Regulations
A unique strategy on how to handle ground water pollution -- one that uses (1998-01-22)

Cut Pesticide Use In Half, Urges SFU Biologist
The use of chemical pesticides in North American can and should be reduced by at least 50 per cent, says Simon Fraser University biologist Mark Winston, author of a new book, Nature Wars: People vs. Pests (Harvard University Press), a persuasive indictment of our ongoing -- and futile -- chemical battle to rid ourselves of the animals and plants we consider pests. (1997-11-28)

In Minnesota, Wisconsin, New York, Vermont And Parts Of Canada: Why Are The Frogs Malformed? -- Parasites, Pesticides And/Or UV?
A workshop on Strategies for Assessing the Implications of Malformed Frogs for Environmental Health will be held Dec. 4- 5 at the Conference Center at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, 111 Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC. Sessions begin at 8:30 am. (1997-11-18)

Electrically Based Technologies Heat Up The Cleanup Market
Two technologies developed at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory that promise faster, cheaper and more effective cleanup of certain contaminated soils now are available commercially. (1997-09-10)

No Link Seen Between Breast Cancer And Pesticides, PCB Exposure For General Population
A University at Buffalo study of the relationship of pesticides and PCBs with breast cancer shows these compounds are not a risk factor for breast cancer for the general population of women. It will be presented Aug. 20 at a meeting of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology in Taiwan. (1997-08-20)

It's Easy To Reduce Chemical Exposure On Golf Courses, Experts Say
Clark Throssell, professor of agronomy at Purdue University, says golf courses are environmentally friendly, and golfers who are concerned about contact with the chemicals can take a few simple precautions to reduce exposure. (1997-08-01)

EPA's Plant-Pesticide Policy Threatens To Stifle Development Of Pesticide Alternatives And International Trade
Members of an 11-society scientific consortium are concerned about the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed policy to regulate the traits in plants that make them resistant to pests. Not only does the policy threaten to stifle the development of alternatives to chemical pesticides, it may contribute to a mounting international trade war over genetically modified organisms. (1997-07-29)

Natural Shelters on Leaves House Plant Bodyguards
Want your bodyguards to stick around? Give them lodging. Some plants seem to do just that in the form of tiny pockets and hair tufts on the undersides of leaves, offering the shelter necessary to house a population of plant-protecting bugs (1997-06-05)

Satellites And Sensors To Be Used For Better Control Of Crop Pests
It's only a matter of time before pest infestations can be mapped with hand-held computers linked to global positioning satellite receivers, allowing more accurate pest control, say University of Illinois researchers (1997-04-03)

Teaching Old Watchdogs New Tricks
A Kansas State University analytical chemist wants to scrub the persistent problem of too-high pesticide residues on Central American fruits and vegetables shipped to the United States. Cliff Meloan, chemistry professor emeritus, is editor of a 500-page (1996-09-20)

Natural Pest Control Shows Economic Promise For Citrus Industry
An obscure wasp species found by a University of Wyoming researcher in Costa Rica shows promise for controlling a damaging citrus crop pest and ultimately may translate to lower prices for some orange juices marketed in the United States. (1996-09-09)

Southern Pine Beetle Reaching Outbreak Levels In North Florida
Southern Pine Beetle populations have exploded to outbreak levels along the Suwannee River in Hamilton and Madison counties, where the tree-killing beetle has invaded several pine plantations. Entomologist John L. Foltz of the University of Florida'sInstitute of Food and Agricultural Sciences said forest owners throughout North Florida need to check their stands and begin control measures if they spot the voracious beetle. (1996-07-03)

Transgenic Rice Plants Resist Insects, Drought And Salt Damage
Biologists at Cornell and Washington universities have genetically engineered and successfully field tested rice plants that resist some of the most destructive insects as well as salt and drought damage. (1996-06-11)

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