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Pesticides – News and Features

Orange "glue" holds  together pieces of hydrogel.

A New Glue, Potentially Also for You

A new glue that bonds hydrogels for medical applications has been developed and has been used to solve several medical problems, including preventing unwanted "surgical adhesions".
A school of fish in the ocean.

Even Tiny Amounts of Pesticides Can Affect Fish for Generations

Fish exposed to some pesticides at extremely low concentrations for a brief period of time can demonstrate lasting behavioral changes, with the impact extending to offspring that were never exposed firsthand.
A brain with white networks that look like smoke.

Agent Orange Exposure Mirrors Alzheimer's Impact on Brain Tissue

Exposure to Agent Orange, a herbicide used in the Vietnam War, has been shown to mirror the effect of Alzheimer's disease on the brain.
Cupped hands hold earth and worms.

Pesticide-Coated Seeds Can Harm Earthworms

The small amount of pesticides used to coat seeds to protect them from insects have been shown to cause mitochondrial DNA damage in earthworms.
A bee on a yellow flower.

Bees Are More at Risk When Pesticides Are Sprayed Near Hives

A spatial model that predicts pesticide exposure in bees has revealed that bees are at more risk from the threat of agricultural pesticides when they are sprayed near hives.
Honey dripping from dipper stick.

Why Are Bees Making Less Honey? We Asked a Researcher

Technology Networks spoke to Dr. Gabriela Quinlan, a research fellow in Penn State’s department of entomology and center for pollinator research, to find out why US bees are becoming less productive.
Solar panel farm.

Insects and Flowers Can Flourish in Solar Panel Fields

Two solar facilities built on rehabilitated agricultural land were restored with native plants. Argonne researchers observed pollinators thrive.
A bee.

Bees Nourish Their Own Gut Bacteria

Bees, just like humans, can home a variety of bacteria in their guts. Most of these microbes, but one, feed on pollen. The outlier feeds off substrates provided by the bee, according to new research.
A spider.

Heart Drug From Spider Venom Molecule a Step Closer

A spider venom molecule being investigated by an IMB team has met critical benchmarks towards becoming a treatment for heart attack and stroke.
A lab worker pipetting onto a plate.

Over 900 Environmental Chemicals Display Breast Cancer-Causing Traits

Scientists have found a quick way to predict if a chemical is likely to cause breast cancer based on whether the chemical harbors specific traits.