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Pesticides – News and Features

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.
Honey dripping from dipper stick.

Why Are Bees Making Less Honey? We Asked a Researcher

Technology Networks spoke to Dr. Gabriela Quinlan, a research fellow in Penn State’s department of entomology and center for pollinator research, to find out why US bees are becoming less productive.
Solar panel farm.

Insects and Flowers Can Flourish in Solar Panel Fields

Two solar facilities built on rehabilitated agricultural land were restored with native plants. Argonne researchers observed pollinators thrive.
A bee.

Bees Nourish Their Own Gut Bacteria

Bees, just like humans, can home a variety of bacteria in their guts. Most of these microbes, but one, feed on pollen. The outlier feeds off substrates provided by the bee, according to new research.
A spider.

Heart Drug From Spider Venom Molecule a Step Closer

A spider venom molecule being investigated by an IMB team has met critical benchmarks towards becoming a treatment for heart attack and stroke.
A lab worker pipetting onto a plate.

Over 900 Environmental Chemicals Display Breast Cancer-Causing Traits

Scientists have found a quick way to predict if a chemical is likely to cause breast cancer based on whether the chemical harbors specific traits.
A macaque monkey.

Primate Infants Are at Risk From Agriculture

Frequent visits to oil palm plantations are leading to a sharp increase in mortality rates among infant southern pig-tailed macaques (Macaca nemestrina) in the wild, according to a new study.
Farmer spraying pesticides in a field.

New Material Could Replace Current Fungicides

A material that could replace current fungicides (i.e. anti-fungal pesticides), increase food security, and help protect wildlife has been discovered.
White pills on a blue background.

Researchers Discover "U-Turn" in Antibiotic Resistance Evolution

In a scientific breakthrough, Monash University researchers have discovered a revolutionary 'U-turn' in the evolution of antibiotic resistance, challenging the widely accepted notion that traits once developed are irreversible.
A horse drinking water.

Groundwater Ecosystems Need Greater Legal Protections, Scientists Argue

An international study classifies groundwater as a keystone ecosystem and proposes ways to improve its protection to preserve biodiversity and mitigate climate change.