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  • Organic pesticides may not always be the best choice

    Organic pesticides may not always be the most environmentally-friendly choice of pest control, according to recent research. Two new synthetic pesticides for controlling aphids were found to be less harmful to other species and more efficient than the two new organic pesticides tested in the study. It is often thought that newer organic and natural pesticides are uniformly safer and therefore ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Organic pesticides not always greener choice, study finds

    A new University of Guelph study reveals some organic pesticides can have a higher environmental impact than conventional pesticides because the organic product may require larger doses. Environmental sciences professor Rebecca Hallett and PhD candidate Christine Bahlai compared the effectiveness and environmental impact of organic pesticides to those of conventional and novel reduced-risk ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Pesticide Finder - Your advisor on pesticide management

    Pesticide Finder - Your advisor on pesticide management" has been selectioned by FINODEX (Future INternet Open Data EXpansion) a programm co-funded by the European Union to support SMEs and Web Entrepreneurs to develop products, services  using Open Data ...


    By Geospatiumlab, S.L.

  • The impact of pesticides on freshwater creatures

    A recent study has concluded that, although spray drift of pesticides can have short-term effects on individual stream-dwelling invertebrates, there is no evidence to suggest that there is an impact on populations as a whole. However, to reduce the impact of the pesticides on these organisms, a no-spray buffer zone is shown to be a simple and effective measure. Pesticides play an important role ...

  • Reducing the negative impacts of pesticides

    Ensuring that pesticides do not endanger public health or the environment is a key objective of the European Commission. Due to spray-drift, the effects of pesticides are often observed outside of crop fields, where they affect non-target plants, fungi and insects as well as humans. New research discusses the effects of pesticides on non-target species and demonstrates that employment of “best ...

  • Cultivation affects pesticide–soil interactions

    Pesticides are often used to enhance crop production by killing unwanted animals or plants. Unfortunately, they can also negatively impact humans and environmental health. The degree of impact, in part, depends on the fate and behavior of pesticides in the environment. The latter is governed by complex interactions of pesticides with soil components. One such important interaction is sorption of ...

  • Pesticide drift is persistent problem for farmers

    The cloud of insecticide that drifted from a neighbor's corn field onto the asparagus on Andrew and Melissa Dunham's central Iowa farm cast a shadow over their organic vegetable business. They say the costs from the incident and resulting loss of organic certification on their asparagus patch for three years will reach about $74,000, and they're now working with the sprayer's insurance company. ...


    By Associated Press

  • Dangerous Pesticides Released into Rural Residencies

    Residents of Melrose, Minnesota were exposed to heavy doses of harmful pesticides after a crop duster released chemicals onto nearby farms, according to the Huffington Post. The citizens of Melrose claim that the pesticides drifted into their homes through air conditioning vents and sickened them. Within minutes of exposure, Bonnie Wirts claims her heart began to race, and she struggled to ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Genetic pesticide for termites developed in Florida

    A pesticide that attacks termites through their genes has been developed in a lab at the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Termites are wood-destroying insects most commonly found in the South but increasingly found in every region in the nation. Pest control industry estimates peg the damage termites cause at more than $5 billion each year, despite the many ...

  • Common Pesticide Reduces Food Value of Algae

    SILVER SPRING, Maryland (ENS) - Researchers with the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science have identified negative effects of the commonly used herbicide atrazine on phytoplankton, the free-floating algae that form the base of the food chain for aquatic animals. Published in the current issue of the journal 'Pesticide-Biochemistry and Physiology,' the study indicates protein levels ...

  • INT- IARC evaluation of five organophosphate pesticides

    A Working Group of 17 experts from 11 countries met at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization on 3–10 March 2015 to review the available published scientific evidence and evaluate the carcinogenicity of five organophosphate insecticides and herbicides: diazinon, glyphosate, malathion, parathion, and ...

  • Potentially Dangerous Pesticide Approved for Use in California

    LA Testing provides environmental and air testing services to ensure indoor and outdoor surroundings are safe for people. Earlier this month California regulators approved the controversial pesticide, methyl iodide, for use on fruits and vegetables across the state.  Methyl iodide is replacing methyl bromide, which is a potent neurotoxin and one of a number of chemicals that have been found ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Growing need to revamp national laws governing pesticides

    Some thirty years to the day after FAO first launched its International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides, the UN food agency is calling on countries to make sure that national regulatory frameworks governing the management of pesticides are kept up to ...

  • New marijuana industry wrestles with pesticides and safety

    Microscopic bugs and mildew can destroy a marijuana operation faster than any police raid. And because the crop has been illegal for so long, neither growers nor scientists have any reliable research to help fight the infestations. As legal marijuana moves from basements and backwoods to warehouses and commercial fields, the mold and spider mites that once ruined only a few plants at a time can ...


    By Associated Press

  • Do Pesticides in the Home Increase the Likelihood of Childhood Cancers?

    LA Testing provides pesticide testing services to ensure indoor and outdoor environments are safe for children and building occupants. Garden Grove, CA, September 15th, 2010 A new study published in the journal Therapeutic Drug Monitoring reports a potential connection between organophosphate pesticides and lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).  Organophosphate ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Pesticides, Fertilizers Linked to U.S. Premature Births

    INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (ENS) - The rising premature birth rate in the United States is associated with increased use of pesticides and fertilizers containing nitrates, according to research by a professor of clinical pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Paul Winchester, MD, reports his findings today at the Pediatric Academic Societies' annual meeting in ...

  • Pesticides may affect all stages of aquatic life

    Ecotoxicity tests that are used to understand the impacts of chemical pollutants on aquatic organisms and ecosystems could be improved by including all life stages of the test animals. These are the conclusions of a study by Belgian researchers, who found that the apparent absorption of some pesticides by the dormant eggs of water fleas may have negative effects on the invertebrates’ later ...

  • Fungi and roundworms as non-chemical substitutes for pesticides

    The use of some pesticides is a recognised concern for health and the environment. A new UK study identifies some naturally occurring alternatives to control wireworm, a widespread pest of potatoes. The wireworm causes major problems in arable crops, including potatoes, in many parts of the world. Wireworms are the larvae of click beetles. Their damage to potatoes can drastically reduce yield. ...

  • Pesticide levels decline in corn belt rivers

    Concentrations of several major pesticides mostly declined or stayed the same in “Corn Belt” rivers and streams from 1996 to 2006, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study. The declines in pesticide concentrations closely followed declines in their annual applications, indicating that reducing pesticide use is an effective and reliable strategy for reducing pesticide contamination in ...

  • A new biopesticide for the organic food boom

    With the boom in consumption of organic foods creating a pressing need for natural insecticides and herbicides that can be used on crops certified as 'organic,' biopesticide pioneer Pam G. Marrone, Ph.D., is reporting development of a new 'green' pesticide obtained from an extract of the giant knotweed in a report scheduled for presentation at the 236th national meeting of the American Chemical ...

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