Pesticides – News and Features
Failed Antibiotic Finds a Second Life as an Effective Herbicide
Weed killers of the future could soon be based on failed antibiotics.
10 Pesticides Linked With Damage in Parkinson's Neurons
Researchers have identified 10 pesticides that significantly damaged neurons implicated in the development of Parkinson’s disease.
Precision Breeding Act: How New Legislation and Genomic Technology Will Sustainably Feed Our World
In this opinion piece, Neil Ward discusses how the passing of the Genetic Technology "Precision Breeding" Bill could support global efforts to increase food production sustainably.
Rare and Resilient Yeast Infecting Premature Babies Is Evolving Quickly
Scientists report a dangerous and stubborn yeast causing outbreaks in a neonatal intensive care unit is evolving quickly and sexually reproducing at a much higher rate than related pathogens.
Hazardous Carbaryl Insecticide Residues Detected by Novel In Situ Fluorescence Sensing System
Researchers have developed an advanced method for detecting hazardous carbaryl insecticide residues.
Filter Developed That Effectively Removes Glyphosate From Contaminated Groundwater
Clean drinking water is essential. Therefore, an international research team has now shown how groundwater can be efficiently freed from pollutants such as glyphosate.
Perfume Chemical Helps Lure Male Moth Pests
Researchers have shown that adding a small amount of a chemical used in perfumes – nonanal – to a two-chemical combination of other sex pheromones helped increase the cocktail’s effectiveness in mimicking female fall armyworm “come hither” calls to males.
Engineered Tobacco Plants Produce Sex Perfume To Trick Pests
Researchers have used precision gene engineering techniques to turn tobacco plants into solar-powered factories for moth sex pheromones.
Sunflower Family's Spiny Pollen Benefits Bumblebee Health
The sunflower family’s spiny pollen vastly reduces the prevalence of a widespread parasite in bumblebees and increases the production of queens, a study has found.
Nocturnal Moths Are More Efficient Pollinators Than Bees
A new study by researchers at the University of Sussex suggests that moths are more efficient at pollinating during the night than day-flying pollinators such as bees. The research is published in PLOS One.