Debilitating Ear Blisters Plague Long Island Turtle Populations from Pesticide Use

August 5, 2021 | A report by Turtle Rescue of the Hamptons finds Long Island, New York turtles are experiencing higher rates of deadly aural abscesses or ear blisters from pesticide use. Previous research documents the role chemical exposure from environmental toxicants play in inner ear abscess formation among turtles. However, synergism (collaboration) between viral […]

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Typical Neonicotinoid Insecticides at Any Level Likely to Kill Off Wild Pollinators

August 4, 2021 | Neonicotinoid insecticides applied to nursery plants sold at garden centers kill off wild, solitary pollinators regardless of the amount applied, according to research published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The news is unlikely a surprise for those tracking the science on pollinator declines, but nonetheless a stark reminder […]

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Deer Ticks Developing Resistance to Popular Tick Control Chemical: Implications for Lyme Disease

July 22, 2021 |A study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology finds black-legged ticks (Ixodes scapulari) in New York are developing potential resistance to widely used tick-control pyrethroid insecticide, permethrin for the transmission of Lyme disease. The study suggests continuous use of area- wide, 4-poster devices (devices that attract deer and then apply pesticide […]

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Death of as Many as 107,000 Bumblebees from Neonicotinoid Insecticides Studied

July 16, 2021 | Research published in Environmental Entomology reviews the 2013 Wilsonville, Oregon mass bumblebee die-off from application of the neonicotinoid dinotefuran on 55 linden trees in a big-box-store parking lot. In that single event, the research paper estimates between 45,830 and 107,470 bumblebees from some 289– 596 colonies were killed. The coauthors said: […]

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Conservation Genomics Pinpoint Pesticides and Pathogens in Decline of Bumblebees

July 13, 2021 | Bumblebees exposed to pesticides and pathogens display changes in gene expression that can be pinpointed and analyzed by cutting edge research tools, according to scientists at York University, who utilized the new technique in a study published in Molecular Ecology. This form of next- generation gene sequencing is part of a […]

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Chemicals, including Pesticides, in Wastewater Discharge Contaminate Oysters in Pacific Northwest

July 8, 2021 | A Portland State University (PSU) study published in Marine Pollution Bulletin finds oysters of varying distances from wastewater discharge pipes along the Oregon and Washington state coast contain low levels of chemical contaminants. Although wastewater treatment facilities clean water draining from sinks and toilets, the process does not adequately remove all […]

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Second Highest Honey Bee Loss in 15 Years Documented

July 2, 2021 |The second highest bee loss in 15 years has been reported by the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) in its 2020–2021 National Colony Loss and Management Survey, released on June 30. For the “winter” period of October 1, 2020 through April 1, 2021, approximately 32% of managed bee colonies in the U.S. were […]

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Disease Carrying Mosquitoes Developing Resistance to Widely Used Mosquito Control Pesticides

July 1, 2021 | Yellow fever mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti) are evolving resistance to the pyrethroid insecticide permethrin, according to a study published by Colorado State University researchers in PLOS Genetics, highlighting the need to adopt ecologically-based mosquito management. Widespread, intensive use of the pesticide in mosquito control has allowed genetic mutations to persist among these […]

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Pesticide Contamination in Waterways Raises New Alarm for Aquatic Life, Citing Poor Regulation

June 23, 2021 | Small streams are prone to excessively high levels of pesticide contamination that are even more hazardous than once thought, according to a pilot study by a team of German researchers and published in Water Research. The results indicate significant risks for the health of aquatic ecosystems and should be used as […]

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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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