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Pheromone Factories

By | February 26, 2014

Genetically modified tobacco plants produce pheromones that can trap pests.  

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Pesticide Linked to Alzheimer’s

By | February 10, 2014

Researchers find that DDT may increase the risk of the neurodegenerative disease.

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Gut Microbes Prevent Locust Swarms

By | January 15, 2014

Migratory locusts are less likely to aggregate into crop-devastating swarms when infected by the parasite Paranosema locustae.

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Pesticides Decimate Biodiversity

By | June 19, 2013

Agricultural pesticides, even when used at levels considered safe, can cause devastating losses of invertebrate species.

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Week in Review: May 27–30

By | May 31, 2013

The mosquito’s role in malaria virulence; the value of grant review; Europe must embrace GM crops; why roaches avoid sugary bait

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Europe to Ban Neonicotinoids

By | April 30, 2013

In the midst of an ongoing debate over the role of the pesticides in the deaths of bees, the European Union will restrict their use for 2 years.

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Popular Pesticides May Hurt Birds

By | April 16, 2013

A new report says that neonicotinoids are poisonous to some birds at lower concentrations than previously indicated.

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A Political Battle Over Pesticides

By | April 10, 2013

Bees, the pollinators of a third of the world’s food crops, are in peril. And that’s about the only thing scientists, environmentalists, policy makers, and agro-industrialists can agree on.

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Fighting Microbes with Microbes

By | January 1, 2013

Doctors turn to good microbes to fight disease. Will the same strategy work with crops?

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How Plants Feel

By | December 1, 2012

A hormone called jasmonate mediates plants' responses to touch and can boost defenses against pests.

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