Forestry Use of Glyphosate Reduces Fertility of Perennial Flowers and May Reduce Pollination

June 22, 2021 | With its use in forested areas, glyphosate persists in the environment for years and can prompt morphological changes in perennial flowers that reduce their fertility and may make them less attractive to pollinators. These findings were published in Frontiers in Plant Science by researchers at the University of British Columbia. Glyphosate […]

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Study Highlights Important Role Field Margins Play in Insect Conservation and Pest Management

June 16, 2021 | Uncultivated field margins contain almost twice as many beneficial insects as cropped areas around farm fields, according to research published in the Journal of Insect Science. The study finds that these predators and parasitoids overwinter in diverse vegetation and can provide farmers with an important jump start on spring pest problems. […]

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Threat to Ocean Health: Pesticide Resistant Fish Lice Plague the North Atlantic Ocean

June 3, 2021 | (A report published in Royal Society Open Science finds pesticide-resistant parasitic lice (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) are endangering wild and farmed fish populations in the North Atlantic. Extensive use of pesticides to rid the parasite has led to widespread resistance to multiple pesticides, prompting increasing infection rates among North Atlantic salmon populations. Some […]

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Ecological Mystery Unravels, With Toxic Pesticide Use at the Center

May 12, 2021 | In 2021, a team of scientists published in Science a piece that appears to solve an ecological mystery that had persisted for decades. Throughout the southeastern U.S., bald eagles and other top-level avian predators were experiencing mass deaths from a disease known as vacuolar myelinopathy (VM), a neurological ailment that causes […]

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Meta-Review: Pesticides Kill or Harm Soil Invertebrates Essential to Soil Health

May 7, 2021 | Soil health is one of the linchpins on which the food production that sustains human life—as well as biodiversity, pollinator health, and carbon sequestration—depends. A recent meta-review in Frontiers in Environmental Science of nearly 400 studies finds that, in 71% of the cases reviewed, pesticides kill or otherwise harm soil invertebrates […]

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Roundup Shown to Kill Bees— But Not How You Might Expect

April 20, 2021 | Roundup products manufactured by Bayer-Monsanto kill exposed bumblebees at high rates, according to a study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, which points to undisclosed inert ingredients (those that typically make up a majority of the product formulation) as the primary culprit. Roundup products have become synonymous with their main […]

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“No Pollinator is Safe”—New Evidence of Neonicotinoids Harming Wild, Ground Nesting Bees

April 13, 2021 | A study is making it increasingly clear that current laws are not protecting wild, ground nesting bees from the hazards of neonicotinoid insecticides. According to research conducted under a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) projects, Blue Orchard Mason Bees (Osima spp) are at […]

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Invertebrates and Plants Face Increasing Threat from Pesticide Use, Despite Declining Chemical Use Patterns

April 8, 2021 | Pesticide use threatens aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates and plants more than ever, despite declining chemical use and implementation of genetically engineered (GE) crops in the U.S., according to a University Koblenz-Landau, Germany study published in Science. Since the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (1962), many environmental agencies have banned the […]

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Hazardous Pesticide Breakdown Chemicals Found in Streams Nationwide, Raising Health Concerns

March 31, 2021 | Pesticide breakdown products are just as ubiquitous as their parent compounds in urban streams throughout the U.S., according to research conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and published in Environmental Science and Technology. The first of its kind findings place an important spotlight on the long-term impacts of pesticide use […]

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Endangered Florida Manatees Contaminated with Glyphosate/ Roundup Due to Widespread Use

March 30, 2021 | Florida manatees are experiencing chronic glyphosate exposure that is likely to impact their immune system and make them more susceptible to other environmental stressors such as red tide and cold stress, according to a study published in Environment International by a Florida-based team of researchers, led by University of Florida PhD […]

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