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Pesticides – News and Features

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.
Two salad tomatoes on a green background.

Researchers Uncover a "Parallel Universe" of Tomato Genetics

Researchers at Michigan State University have unraveled a surprising genetic mystery centered on acylsugars in tomato plants. These are sticky defense metabolites usually found in tiny hairs on a plant’s surface.
A tomato plant in a bed of soil.

Tomato Tar Reveals "Parallel Universe" in Tomato Genetics

Researchers have unraveled a surprising genetic mystery centered on sugars found in what gardeners know as “tomato tar", revealing a "parallel universe" in tomato genetics.
Two cacao pods on a tree.

Vaccines for Cacao Trees Could Save West Africa's Chocolate Trade

A rapidly spreading virus is jeopardizing the global supply of chocolate, but vaccinating cocoa trees could help prevent the spread of the virus.