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Pesticides – News and Features

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.”
A silvery-gray strand of DNA.

Genomic "Tug of War" Could Influence How Cancer Patients Respond to Decitabine

A genomic tug of war for a gene activator could explain why some cancers respond to decitabine and others don't respond or become resistant over time.
Cannabis leaves.

Cannabis Chemicals May Have Evolved to Deter Insect Pests

Cannabinoids may have evolved to deter pests from chewing on them, according to experiments that showed higher cannabinoid concentrations in hemp leaves led to proportionately less damage from insect larvae.
Lab worker holding a small globe made from moss.
Industry Insight

Achieving Sustainability in the Food and Beverage Industry

In this interview, Dr. Lorna De Leoz, global food segment director at Agilent Technologies, highlights practical advice to make a food and beverage lab more sustainable. She also discusses the role of metrics when establishing sustainability goals and how vendors can work with labs to ensure they achieve these goals.
A beehive.

New York's Beehives Are Contaminated With Pesticides

An analysis of beeswax in managed honeybee hives in New York finds a wide variety of pesticide, herbicide and fungicide residues, exposing current and future generations of bees to long-term toxicity.
Plastic waste.

Recycled Plastics Can Still Contain Toxic Chemicals

When scientists examined pellets from recycled plastic collected in 13 countries they found hundreds of toxic chemicals, including pesticides and pharmaceuticals.