Banning certain pesticides in Australia isn’t a panacea for bees.
Australian bees have so far avoided the 'colony collapse' devastating hives around the world, but there's growing pressure for a ban on certain insecticides blamed for bee deaths.
Suspected infestation of Macrophomina phaseolina, a “novel” soil pathogen, in the non-fumigated buffer zone of a strawberry field.
California produces 90 percent of the US strawberry crop, but growers face curbs on toxic chemicals that have helped their industry expand. Can a system centered on mass production become more sustainable?
Bed bugs make us shudder and cringe. So arm yourself with the courage to learn about the biology and successes of Cimex lectularius -- as well as the ways to get rid of it.
Think of what your clothes are doing to the planet.
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Water pollution, toxic chemical use and textile waste: fast fashion comes at a huge cost to the environment.
If warmer weather is your sign to reach for the pesticide, think again. From better soil to your own army of beneficial bugs, here are five reasons to put down the insect spray.
A U.S. agency has warned the public about the dangers of flame retardants known as organohalogens that are found in baby toys, mattresses, furniture and electronics.
The U.S. Consumer Protection Safety Commission has recommended a wide-spread ban on an entire class of flame retardants. Here's how Canada could follow suit.
Mosquitoes are the main vectors for dengue and zika. Insecticides are our best weapon against them.
Australian mosquitoes, unlike their Asian and American counterparts, can still be controlled by insecticides like pyrethroids. What lessons are there for managing pesticide resistance in insects?
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Here's how to take the sting out of these harmful pesticides.
Critics fear the merger of agricultural giants Bayer and Monsanto will drive an increase in use of pesticides.
The global food system has been operating in post-truth mode for decades.
Two papers published today report that neonicotinoids have negative effects on honey bees and wild bees in realistic field experiments.
Two large-scale studies confirm that neonicotinoid pesticides can harm bees. But the effects vary widely in different countries, suggesting that calls for a world ban would be premature.
Roll-your-own tobacco contains more additives than factory made cigarettes. So let’s not kid ourselves it’s safer.
Roll-your-own tobacco contains additives to stop it from drying out. So, it's hardly a "natural" or "healthier" alternative to factory made cigarettes.
Three-quarters of Americans don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables.
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Reports about trace amounts of pesticides, like the EWG's Dirty Dozen, can leave people afraid to buy fruits and vegetables. But the hype is often overblown.
Soccer player on artificial turf.
Artificial turf has become popular for kids' sports as well as for professional players. The little black crumbs that help support the blades of fake grass may not be so harmless.
The Smarden incident and the arrival of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring in the UK lead people to a new view of the environment.
Fall armyworms have a number of characteristics that make them particularly hard to control. They are strong fliers, can breed at a high rate and also develop quick resistance to pesticides.
The Vespula germanica, or German wasp, is an invasive species in South Africa.
Carolien van Zyl
Indigenous biocontrol agents could be used to curb the spread of invasive wasps across South Africa and into sub-Saharan Africa.
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.
Honeybees aren’t the only wildlife affected by pesticides – wild bees and butterflies also feel the effect.
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Two new studies have linked controversial pesticides neonicotinoides to wild bee and butterfly declines.
Field tests of flood-tolerant ‘scuba rice.’
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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.