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Pesticides – News and Features

A crop field.

Engineering Plant Microbiomes To Protect Against Disease

Scientists have engineered the microbiome of plants for the first time, boosting the prevalence of ‘good’ bacteria that protect the plant from disease. The findings could substantially reduce the need for environmentally destructive pesticides.

Simplified illustration of an aquaponics system versus a hydroponics system.

Aquaponics vs Hydroponics

This article highlights the key differences between hydroponic and aquaponic growing systems, their current applications and future perspectives on their role in sustainable farming.
Illustration of gloved hands using scissors and tweezers to alter a DNA double helix.

Genetic Modification Techniques and Applications

Manipulating genetics has helped mankind in numerous ways. In this article, we consider genetic modification strategies, including genome editing and genetic engineering, the techniques used to achieve them and purposes to which they are applied.
A woman scratching her arm.

What Is Scabies?

Scabies is a skin condition caused by a parasitic infestation in which mites work their way into the skin. Here, they lay eggs, causing a rash and intense itching.
A close-up photo of a fly on an orange background.

New Insect Repellent Smells and Tastes Bad to Flies

When using chemicals to control pests, it is important to use both insecticides and repellents. A new insect repellent acts on taste, pain and smell receptors to deter flies.
A man spraying pesticides in a field.

Pesticides Should Be Tested For Parkinson's Link, Say Researchers

There is increasing evidence that pesticides play a role in the development of Parkinson’s disease. But these substances are not sufficiently tested for their possible role in this disease.
Mouldy strawberries.

Plants Use “Trojan Horse” To Fight Mold Invasions

UC Riverside scientists have discovered a stealth molecular weapon that plants use to attack the cells of invading gray mold.
Honey bee.

Pesticides Disrupt Honey Bees' Sense of Smell

It has long been known that exposure to pesticide sprays is harmful to honey bees. In a new study, researchers have uncovered the effect of such sprays on the sense of smell in bees, which could disrupt their social signals.
Nine tampons in a row.

Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Found in Menstrual Products

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals can interfere with human hormones and cause medical issues, including gynecological conditions such as endometriosis and uterine fibroids.
Two men stand in a field of crops

The Landscape of Agricultural Biotechnology

This article will explore the differences between genetically-modified and gene-edited organisms in food and agriculture, including the methods by which they are produced.