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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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Bacterial Exploitation

By | July 5, 2012

Field studies reveal non-virulent bacteria take advantage of their virulent counterparts to get a free pass into their host.

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Parkinson’s Researcher Fabricated Data

By | June 29, 2012

Neuroscientist Mona Thiruchelvam agrees to retract two studies linking neurodegeneration to pesticides.

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GM Crops Offer Natural Pest Control

By | June 13, 2012

Transgenic cotton plants that produce their own insecticide bolster local insect predator populations, which could serve as better long-term solutions to crop pests.

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Seeds Inherit Memories of Enemies

By | May 31, 2012

Infested plants pass on a defense memory of pests and pathogens to help the next generation withstand invasions.

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Bacterial Insecticide Resistance

By | April 23, 2012

By cultivating detoxifying bacteria in its gut, a pest called the bean bug can become instantly resistant to a common insecticide.

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