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Pesticides – News and Features

An arial view of fields.

New AI Software Can Predict Crop Growth From One Image

A newly developed software can simulate the growth of field crops based on a single image, supporting farmers in decision making.

Plant Bacterial Pathogens Repurpose Their Own Phages To Eliminate Competing Microbes

New research led by the University of Utah and University College London (UCL) has found that plant bacterial pathogens are able to repurpose elements of their own bacteriophages, or phages, to wipe out competing microbes.
Present-day traders and travelers in the Upper Mustang region of Nepal.

Ancient Genomes Reveal the Origin and Spread of Malaria

In a new study, an international team of researchers, reconstructed the evolutionary history and global spread of malaria over the past 5,500 years, identifying trade, warfare, and colonialism as major catalysts for its dispersal.
Close up of a researcher wearing blue gloves collecting a soil sample.

Digging Deep: Emerging Contaminants in Soil

Soil could be our planet's unsung hero, quietly working behind the scenes to keep everything in balance. This article will discuss some of the worrying emerging contaminants detected in soil and how scientists are rising to the analytical challenge.
A cockroach on a log.

German Cockroaches Evolved To Live in Human Homes and Buildings

Researchers have unveiled insights into the origins of the common German cockroach, Blattella germanica and how it evolved to live in human homes and buildings.
A pollen-covered bee in front of a sunflower.

Wealthier Neighborhoods in Colorado Have Lower Bee Diversity

Community gardens in higher-income Boulder neighborhoods have fewer varieties of bees than their medium-income counterparts, new research suggests.
Termites on brown soil.

Researchers Discover New, Non-Toxic Method of Ridding Termites

Scientists have discovered a highly effective, nontoxic and less expensive way to lure hungry termites to their doom.
Rectangular fields of different crops.

Uniform Farmland Squeezes Out Natural Pest Control

The diversity and abundance of arthropods – nature's pest control – decreases when hedgerows and field margins are removed in the move towards uniform farmland.
Plants with dew on them.

Plant-Based “Insect Glue” Could Protect Plants From Pests

Insects can completely destroy crops. Soon, these situations may be behind us, with the new pesticide developed by Leiden and Wageningen researchers. With their plant-based ‘insect glue’, insects are incapacitated.
A field with plants growing in them.

Organic Farming Causes Genetic Adaptation in Plants

A study carried out at the University of Bonn shows how organically and conventionally farmed plants develop differently.