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Pesticides – News and Features

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Organic Farming Cuts Pesticide Use Locally, Spurs Rise Elsewhere

The impacts of organic farming are not fully understood, as a new study shows that organic farming significantly affects the amount of pesticide used in neighboring fields.
A corn plant.

New Genomics Method To Monitor Pesticide Resistance

Researchers have developed and successfully tested a strategy for using genomics to monitor for and identify emerging resistance to specific pesticides early.
Red, orange and green coffee berries.

Shaded Coffee Crops Can Boost Biodiversity

Increasing shade cover over coffee plants can increase biodiversity and provide new ways to combine agriculture and conservation, a new study reports.
A scientist with gloved hands using tweezers to pick up a sample of a dried bean from a selection of pots of pulses.

Chromatography Techniques Shed Light on the Pervasive Toxins in Our Food Supply

Researchers shed light on the pervasive presence of natural toxins, environmental pollutants and food-processing contaminants in our food and review the techniques used to detect them that are gaining popularity.
A man in a field spraying pesticides.

New Metal-Organic Framework Can Completely Remove Dangerous Weedkiller From Groundwater

Scientists led by an Oregon State University chemistry researcher are closing in on a new tool for tackling the global problem of weedkiller-tainted groundwater.
Orange "glue" holds  together pieces of hydrogel.

A New Glue, Potentially Also for You

A new glue that bonds hydrogels for medical applications has been developed and has been used to solve several medical problems, including preventing unwanted "surgical adhesions".
A school of fish in the ocean.

Even Tiny Amounts of Pesticides Can Affect Fish for Generations

Fish exposed to some pesticides at extremely low concentrations for a brief period of time can demonstrate lasting behavioral changes, with the impact extending to offspring that were never exposed firsthand.
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Agent Orange Exposure Mirrors Alzheimer's Impact on Brain Tissue

Exposure to Agent Orange, a herbicide used in the Vietnam War, has been shown to mirror the effect of Alzheimer's disease on the brain.
Cupped hands hold earth and worms.

Pesticide-Coated Seeds Can Harm Earthworms

The small amount of pesticides used to coat seeds to protect them from insects have been shown to cause mitochondrial DNA damage in earthworms.
A bee on a yellow flower.

Bees Are More at Risk When Pesticides Are Sprayed Near Hives

A spatial model that predicts pesticide exposure in bees has revealed that bees are at more risk from the threat of agricultural pesticides when they are sprayed near hives.