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Pesticides – News and Features

Neurons firing.

Are Our Brain Cells More Vulnerable to Parkinson's at Night?

Disturbances in sleep patterns and the internal biological clock are frequently associated with Parkinson’s disease. However, the link between biological rhythm and neuronal degeneration remains unclear.
Plants growing in a large greenhouse.

Nanoparticles Made From Plant Viruses Could Be Farmers’ New Ally in Pest Control

Controlling infestations caused by root-damaging nematodes has long been a challenge in agriculture. Scientists have developed nanoparticles from plant viruses that can deliver pesticide molecules to previously unreachable soil depths.
A bee covered in yellow pollen rests on a yellow flower.

Pesticides, Including Neonicotinoids, Found in Pollen of Different Bee Species

New research paints a worrying picture of the exposure to pesticides experienced by different bee species, raising concerns about widespread exposure to chemicals.
A trace of Sanger sequencing data generated using capillary electrophoresis with a pen paying on the top.

An Introduction to Capillary Electrophoresis: Theory, Practice and Applications

Capillary electrophoresis is a powerful separation and analysis technique that offers quick and efficient results. In this article, we explore how it works, variations on the technique and their applications.
Two owls.

Rat Poisons a Threat to Owl Populations

New research suggests that owls in Texas have high rates of anticoagulant rodenticides (AR) in their systems. The article assesses the anthropogenic risks faced by owls in Texas, an important region for migratory and non-migratory owls.
A battery being assembled by two robotic arms.

The Importance of Battery Materials Analysis

Batteries must be carefully scrutinized to ensure that they are safe for use. This article will discuss the role that battery materials analysis plays in maintaining the safety and quality of existing batteries and in the development of new and improved types.
Mold on a brick wall.

What Initiates Chemical Intolerance?

In a newly released survey of thousands of U.S. adults, respondents most frequently cited exposures to biological sources, such as mold and algae “blooms,” and/or fossil fuels, their combustion products and synthetic chemical derivatives.
Cabbage white caterpillar eating an oilseed rape plant.

Fungal-Plant Symbiosis Offers a Promising Tool To Boost Crop Resilience

Researchers have shown that a species of fungus that normally grows in the wild and kills insects can be successfully inoculated in oilseed rape plants where it fosters a unique symbiotic relationship.
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Industry Insight

Tackling the Problem of Fungicide Resistance

Technology Networks had the pleasure of speaking with Chris Wightman, founder and chief executive officer at VM Agritech, to learn more about fungicide resistance and the development of novel fungicides designed to tackle this issue.
Microplastic fragments from farm soil.

Do Soil-Based Microplastics Offer a Ready Route for Superbugs Into Our Food?

According to researchers, micro- and nanoplastics in agricultural soil could contribute to antibiotic resistant bacteria with a ready route into our food supply.