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Pesticides – News and Features

Plants with dew on them.

Plant-Based “Insect Glue” Could Protect Plants From Pests

Insects can completely destroy crops. Soon, these situations may be behind us, with the new pesticide developed by Leiden and Wageningen researchers. With their plant-based ‘insect glue’, insects are incapacitated.
A field with plants growing in them.

Organic Farming Causes Genetic Adaptation in Plants

A study carried out at the University of Bonn shows how organically and conventionally farmed plants develop differently.
Two salad tomatoes on a green background.

Researchers Uncover a "Parallel Universe" of Tomato Genetics

Researchers at Michigan State University have unraveled a surprising genetic mystery centered on acylsugars in tomato plants. These are sticky defense metabolites usually found in tiny hairs on a plant’s surface.
A tomato plant in a bed of soil.

Tomato Tar Reveals "Parallel Universe" in Tomato Genetics

Researchers have unraveled a surprising genetic mystery centered on sugars found in what gardeners know as “tomato tar", revealing a "parallel universe" in tomato genetics.
Two cacao pods on a tree.

Vaccines for Cacao Trees Could Save West Africa's Chocolate Trade

A rapidly spreading virus is jeopardizing the global supply of chocolate, but vaccinating cocoa trees could help prevent the spread of the virus.
A seaside town with a beach and sea in the foreground.

Protecting Our Oceans Starts With Testing – Part One

The analytical testing of our oceans is paramount to check for the presence and concentrations of pollutants, helping protect human health and biodiversity. The resulting data can also help to ensure compliance and give insights into climate change.
A coffee bean between tweezers.

Is Lab-Grown Coffee the Sustainable Brew of the Future?

Dr. Heiko Rischer, head of plant biotechnology at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, breaks down the promise of bioreactor-brewed coffee.
Honeybees fly into their hive.

Honeybee Population Decline Is More Complex Than Previously Thought

It's not a single pesticide or virus affecting honey bees, they are exposed to a complex web of multiple interacting stressors while pollinating crops.
A bee on a flower.

Bumblebees Can Ingest Several Pesticides Without Harm

In their natural environment, wild bees are exposed to various pesticides that can have a potentially toxic effect. A study by the University of Würzburg has now shown that bumblebees are relatively resistant to these products.

PFAS Identified in Pesticides Used on British Fruit and Veg

In a new investigation, Pesticide Action Network UK says it identified 10 different PFAS-containing pesticides used on UK fruit and vegetables.