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Pesticides – News and Features

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Higher Mobile Phone Use Linked to Lower Sperm Quality

Does electromagnetic radiation emitted by mobile phones affect semen quality? A new study has indicated that increased mobile phone use is associated with a lower sperm concentration and total sperm count.
Tractors in fields.

Soybean Production and Pesticides Linked to Childhood Leukemia Deaths in Brazil

The high quantities of pesticides used on the soybean crops are thought to be responsible for the country's rising rates of childhood cancers.
Bacteria in the gut.

Multiple Gut Bacteria Species May Increase Risk of Severe Malaria

Indiana University School of Medicine researchers have identified multiple species of bacteria that, when present in the gut, are linked to an increased risk of developing severe malaria in humans and mice.
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Gene Discovery Could Sow the Seeds for Downy Mildew-Resistant Grapes

Researchers at Cornell have discovered a new grape downy mildew resistance gene – giving the wine and grape industry a powerful new tool to combat this devastating disease.
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Feeding Tomorrow: Exploring the Next Frontier in Food

Our food system is at a pivotal moment; there is enormous potential for innovation to unlock more healthy, accessible and sustainable diets for all, but we are simultaneously facing huge global challenges.
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Plants Transformed Into Detectors of Dangerous Chemicals

What if your house plant could tell you your water isn’t safe? Scientists are closer to realizing this vision, having successfully engineered a plant to turn beet red in the presence of a banned, toxic pesticide.
The protein structure of a fern.

Ferns Produce Crop-Saving Insecticidal Protein

Researchers have solved the structure of a novel insecticidal protein, originally discovered by Corteva Agriscience, that is effective in protecting major crop plants from pests and is naturally produced by ferns.
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“Chemical Vaccine” for Malaria Shows Promise

Researchers demonstrate in mouse model that key mutation that renders malaria parasites resistant to atovaquone also makes them non-transmissible via mosquitoes.
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Prenatal Exposure to Environmental Chemicals Linked to Childhood Growth Changes

Prenatal exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals including PFAS and phthalates can influence growth in childhood, reports a new study.
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200-Year-Old Fly DNA Unveils Iconic Lab Animal's Genetic History

The humble fruit fly is one of the most thoroughly studied animals on the planet and new insights continue to be revealed about the fly’s evolution thanks to centuries-old DNA.