New Zealand researchers have found that the active ingredients in commonly-used weed killers like Round-up and Kamba can cause bacteria to become less susceptible to antibiotics.
Improper use of antibiotics is one reason for the rise in antibiotic resistance, but new research shows that ingredients in common weed killers can also cause bacteria to become less susceptible.
Plants make proteins based on whatever genetic material you give them.
Carl Davies, CSIRO
Inserting a random DNA mishmash into a plant or bacterium directs it to make a novel protein. Sifting through the resulting molecules, researchers may find ones have medical or agricultural uses.
Gardening in Australia requires, to varying degrees depending where in the country you are, pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers.
When working with garden chemicals, always make sure you are wearing gloves. Apply sprays and dusts downwind and wear goggles if necessary. Always follow the directions.
The threat of chemical weapon attacks is on the rise globally.
Governments often have limited knowledge of chemical production as it is the preserve of the private sector. Often these facilities are not as well secured as government facilities.
Field tests of flood-tolerant ‘scuba rice.’
International Rice Research Institute/Flickr
Advocates have argued for years about whether genetically engineered crops are safe to grow and eat. Plant pathologist and geneticist Pamela Ronald calls for a more nuanced discussion.
Are genetically engineered crops safe for human health and the environment? A new report says yes but points out problems and regulatory gaps. Three members of the study panel offer their takeaways.
Roundup, or the chemical glyphosate, is a very common herbicide used to kill weeds.
The World Health Organization classifies the common herbicide glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans". But this doesn't mean using it to kill weeds in playgrounds will hurt children.
Pesticides - where do they end up?
A recent study by the organisation Moms Across America claims to have found a pesticide at harmful levels in human breast…
At least seven species of weed have evolved to resist the most commonly used weed killers in Queensland’s wheat and sorghum…