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Pesticides – News and Features

A tractor spraying herbicide on plants.

Failed Antibiotic Finds a Second Life as an Effective Herbicide

Weed killers of the future could soon be based on failed antibiotics.
A woman spraying a tree with pesticide.

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.
Field of wheat.

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.
Microscopy images showing groups of yeast cells.

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.
An illustration of how the new sensor works.

Hazardous Carbaryl Insecticide Residues Detected by Novel In Situ Fluorescence Sensing System

Researchers have developed an advanced method for detecting hazardous carbaryl insecticide residues.
Person's hands cupped under a stream of running water.

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.

A picture of an armyworm moth.

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.
A flowering tobacco plant.

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.
Bumblebee on a sunflowers covered in pollen

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.
A moth.

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.