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Pesticides – News and Features

A pregnant person holding a pill in one hand and a glass of water in the other.

Why Is Maternal Supplementation Important?

It can be challenging for mothers to consume the necessary vitamins and minerals needed throughout pregnancy – including vitamin D, folate, calcium, iron and omega-3 fatty acids – from food alone, and oftentimes supplementation is required.
Weedy soybean field.

Weeds Have Been Fighting Back Against Glyphosate Pesticides For 25 Years

It has been a quarter century since corn and soybeans were engineered to withstand the withering mists of the herbicide glyphosate. The modified crops and their herbicide companion were quickly and widely adopted.
A bee resting on lavender.

Europe's Bees Are Still Being Harmed By Pesticides, Despite New Regulations

A new study has confirmed that pesticides, commonly used in farmland, significantly harm bumblebees – Ireland’s most important wild pollinators.
Sun shining over a crop field.

Inoculating Soil With Fungi Can Help Maintain or Even Improve Yields

A Swiss research team has now shown that inoculating the soil with mycorrhizal fungi can help maintain or even improve yields without the use of additional fertilizers or pesticides.
Butterfly and bee rest on flowers.

Profits Bloom When Flowers Are Planted on Indian Farms

After planting flowers alongside moringa trees in orchards in southern India, researchers increased the abundance and diversity of flower-visiting insects, ultimately improving pollination and boosting crop yield.
A bee.

Tropical Bees Are at Risk of Widely-Used Insecticides

James Cook University scientists say a common tropical bee species is vulnerable to widely-used insecticides – which will decrease their heat tolerance at the same time as the climate is warming.
Coffee mug with coffee beans.

Used Coffee Harbors New Compounds for Treating Brain Diseases

The authors of the study say that caffeic-acid based carbon quantum dots – which can be derived from spent coffee grounds – have the potential to protect brain cells from damage.
Chimneys release dark clouds into the sky.

Urban Environmental Exposures Linked to Higher Breast Cancer Incidence

An analysis of breast cancer in North Carolina has indicated that cancer incidence is higher in areas with poor environmental quality.
A mosquito.

Adding Soap Boosts Pesticide Effectiveness

Researchers have found that adding small quantities of liquid soap to some classes of pesticides can boost their potency. The discovery is promising news as malaria-carrying mosquitoes display an increasing resistance to current insecticides
Like a flower to a bee

Bumblebees Can’t Taste Pesticides in Their Nectar

In a behavioral experiment, bees consumed the same amount of food, regardless of whether the solution contained pesticides or not, even when the pesticides were at concentrations high enough to “make the bees very ill.”