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Water Analysis – News and Features

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.
Water being poured from a plastic bottle into a glass.

Bottled Water Contains Thousands of Nanoplastics

For the first time, researchers have been able to count and identify nanoplastics – plastic particles measuring less than one micrometer in size – in samples taken from bottled water.
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.
Simplified illustration of an aquaponics system versus a hydroponics system.

Aquaponics vs Hydroponics

This article highlights the key differences between hydroponic and aquaponic growing systems, their current applications and future perspectives on their role in sustainable farming.
A man spraying pesticides in a field.

Pesticides Should Be Tested For Parkinson's Link, Say Researchers

There is increasing evidence that pesticides play a role in the development of Parkinson’s disease. But these substances are not sufficiently tested for their possible role in this disease.
A strand of RNA.

Exploring the Latest Advances in Transcriptomics

This article explores the latest technologies currently in use for transcriptomic research. It also highlights the latest advancements in transcriptomics technology, focusing on single-cell, spatiotemporal and the “dark-transcriptome”.
Double helix structure of DNA.

Genetic Sequencing Discovers Source of Pathogens in Floodwaters

Researchers report that local rivers and streams were the source of the Salmonella enterica contamination along coastal North Carolina after Hurricane Florence in 2018 – not the previously suspected high number of pig farms in the region.
Multicolored cells in a circle.

PFAS Promote Migration of Lab-Grown Cancer Cells

PFAS compounds have been shown to induce migration of cancer cells, a feature of metastasis. Cancer cells exposed to PFAS also showed metabolic changes consistent with metastasis.
Molecular structure on a blue background

Identifying and Characterizing PFAS Compounds

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) do not readily break down in nature and so can become persistent pollutants. This article will explore the challenges of detecting PFAS compounds and how recent advancements in testing techniques are addressing these issues.
Thawing caused by warm winter weather increases manure runoff in fields.

Extreme Rainfall Is Increasing Agricultural Runoffs

Nutrient runoff from agricultural production is a significant source of water pollution in the U.S., and climate change that produces extreme weather events is likely to exacerbate the problem.