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Study shows insecticides threaten survival of wild birds

September 20, 2019

The study, published in the journal Science on Sept. 13, is the first experiment to track the effects…
Plant probe could help estimate bee exposure to neonicotinoid insecticides

July 18, 2019

Bee populations are declining, and neonicotinoid pesticides continue to be investigated — and in some cases banned —…
Packaging insecticides in tiny capsules may make them more toxic

February 28, 2019

Encasing insecticides in microscopic plastic capsules – a common formulation for many pest sprays on the market –…
Mosquitoes Show High Resistance to Common Insecticide

February 15, 2019

Florida mosquitoes that can carry Zika virus and other diseases are showing resistance to pyrethroid—a common group of…
Culprit found for honeybee deaths in almond groves

February 14, 2019

It’s about time for the annual mass migration of honeybees to California, and new research is helping lower…
Serious pest targets popular white-bark birch trees

July 16, 2018

A voracious insect – the bronze birch borer – is picking off beloved birch trees throughout Oregon. Common…
Scientists hope to use the mucus of the bootlace worm to create new potent insecticides

March 25, 2018

What is the longest animal in the world? You would probably guess that the blue whale should be…
Potential insecticide discovered in Earth’s longest animal



March 23, 2018

A family of potent protein neurotoxins have been discovered in bootlace worms, a University of Queensland researcher has…
Chemicals used to combat Zika, agricultural pests impact motor skills in infants

June 9, 2017

A chemical currently being used to ward off mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus and a commonly used insecticide…
Drivers of Insecticide Use

May 9, 2017

Over the past half century, food production has intensified to meet the growing demand. And as agricultural fields…
Insecticide-resistant flies ‘rubbish’ at courting females

May 8, 2017

Scientists have found that the single genetic change which protects the flies from the pesticide DDT also makes…
Biopesticide could defeat insecticide resistance in bedbugs

March 25, 2017

A fungal biopesticide that shows promise for the control of bed bugs is highly effective even against bedbug…
Contact tracing and targeted insecticide spraying can curb dengue outbreaks

February 23, 2017

Contact tracing — a process of identifying everyone who has come into contact with those infected by a…
Common insecticides mimic melatonin, creating higher potential risk for diabetes and metabolic diseases

January 20, 2017

Synthetic chemicals commonly found in insecticides and garden products bind to the receptors that govern our biological clocks,…
Common insecticides are riskier than thought to predatory insects

December 8, 2016

Neonicotinoids — the most widely used class of insecticides — significantly reduce populations of predatory insects when used…
Common Insecticide Identified in Midwestern Streams

October 13, 2016

A common insecticide used in urban and agricultural areas, bifenthrin, is harmful to aquatic ecosystems at levels that…
Largest-ever study reveals environmental impact of genetically modified crops

September 16, 2016

According to new research from University of Virginia economist Federico Ciliberto, widespread adoption of genetically modified crops has…
That stings: Study finds insecticide hurts queen bees’ egg-laying abilities

September 11, 2016

The world’s best-selling insecticide may impair the ability of a queen honey bee and her subjects to maintain…
‘Going Green’ with Stink Bug Control

July 19, 2016

A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) entomologist has found “green” alternatives to insecticides to control three native stink…
Drone Technology for Assessing Plant Health and Reducing Insecticide Use

June 30, 2016

With benefits – and, sometimes, disadvantages – of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, on the…
Bed bugs developed thicker armour to protect themselves from insecticides

April 19, 2016

Although world is developing rapidly and modern day people live in fairly tidy and clean houses, we still…
Thick skinned bed bugs beat commonly used bug sprays

April 15, 2016

Bed bugs are blood suckers that produce intense bites and cause significant financial heartache in the hospitality and…
Buzz about natural fly insecticide

January 21, 2016

The University of Queensland and Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries researchers have developed a clean and safe…
RNA insecticide could target specific pests

July 22, 2015

A novel insecticide targets a specific gene in a pest, killing only that bug species on crops and…
Insecticide lindane causes cancer

July 1, 2015

A Lancaster researcher has contributed to a review by the World Health Organisation, which has concluded that a…
Study: Honey bee behavior altered by insecticides

May 29, 2015

Certain insecticides common to U.S. orchards appear to make honey bees substantially less busy, according to a new…
Rapid increase in neonicotinoid insecticides driven by seed treatments

April 3, 2015

Use of a class of insecticides, called neonicotinoids, increased dramatically in the mid-2000s and was driven almost entirely…
Insecticides Similar to Nicotine Widespread in Midwest U.S.

July 25, 2014

Insecticides similar to nicotine, known as neonicotinoids, were found commonly in streams throughout the Midwest, according to a…
On the Trail of Fire Ant Pheromones

April 14, 2014

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are developing innovative techniques to combat one of the world’s worst invasive species,…
Deciding When to Spray: Sometimes It Is More than Just Numbers

January 21, 2014

Research by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists focused on a major threat to cotton in the Southwestern United States…
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