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Pesticides – News and Features

Jar of baby food with spoon.

Heavy Metals Were Found in Baby Food – What Is the FDA Doing About It?

Following contamination issues with rice-bulked baby food and cinnamon apple sauce packets, what is the FDA planning to do about heavy metal contamination in infant foods?
A green tractor halfway through ploughing a field.

Permaculture Agriculture Boosts Biodiversity

New research shows that permaculture brings about a significant improvement in biodiversity, soil quality and carbon storage.
Two scientists wearing lab coats in a lab looking at data on a computer screen.

Protecting Our Oceans Starts With Testing – Part Two

As we navigate through the complexities of contemporary pollution challenges, the need for innovative approaches to ocean environmental monitoring is becoming increasingly apparent.
A stressed scientist sits at a lab bench with her head in her hands as other scientists pass, blurred in the background.

How Scientists Are Fighting For Truth in a Burning World

In this article, Dr. Natalie Cooper, an ecologist and senior researcher at the Natural History Museum in London, shares her insights on persevering as a scientist amidst global crises.
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.