Archive for April, 2015

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  • Insecticide contamination of global surface waters substantially higher than expected

    A study performed at the Institute for Environmental Science of the University of Koblenz-Landau evaluated for the first time comprehensive global insecticide contamination data for agricultural surface waters using the legally-accepted regulatory threshold levels (RTLs) as defined during the official pesticide authorization procedures. The results are alarming: more than 40% of the water-phase samples with a detection of an insecticide concentration, exceeded respective RTLs. Concerning the exposure of sediments (i.e., deposits at the bottom of the ...

    Posted at April 27, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Insecticide contamination of global surface waters substantially higher than expected
  • Study puts a price on the help nature provides to agriculture

    A team of international scientists has shown that assigning a dollar value to the benefits nature provides agriculture improves the bottom line for farmers while protecting the environment. The study confirms that organic farming systems do a better job of capitalizing on nature's services. Scientists from Australia, Denmark, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States describe the research they conducted on organic and conventional farms to arrive at dollar values for natural processes that ...

    Posted at April 22, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Study puts a price on the help nature provides to agriculture
  • Diversity prevents resistance: Habitats rich in species therefore make it easier to combat pests

    A diverse and species-rich agricultural landscape is also beneficial to farmers. This isn't just because there are plenty of pollinating insects, creepy crawly pest controllers and other useful helpers. Scientists at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig have come across another effect, which has thus far been unknown: in species-rich habitats, pests don't become resistant to chemical control measures so quickly, according to their publication in the scientific journal Proceedings of the ...

    Posted at April 14, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Diversity prevents resistance: Habitats rich in species therefore make it easier to combat pests
  • Pesticides in fruit and vegetables linked to semen quality

    The first study to investigate the relationship between eating fruit and vegetables containing pesticide residues and the quality of men's semen has shown a link with lower sperm counts and percentages of normally-formed sperm. The study, which is published online today (Tuesday) in Human Reproduction shows that men who ate the highest amount of fruit and vegetables with high levels of pesticide residue had a 49% lower sperm count and a 32% lower percentage of normally-formed ...

    Posted at April 8, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Pesticides in fruit and vegetables linked to semen quality
  • Rapid increase in neonicotinoid insecticides driven by seed treatments: Neonicotinoids may harm pollinators

    Use of a class of insecticides, called neonicotinoids, increased dramatically in the mid-2000s and was driven almost entirely by the use of corn and soybean seeds treated with the pesticides, according to researchers at Penn State. "Previous studies suggested that the percentage of corn acres treated with insecticides decreased during the 2000s, but once we took seed treatments into account we found the opposite pattern," said Margaret Douglas, graduate student in entomology. "Our results show that ...

    Posted at April 3, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Rapid increase in neonicotinoid insecticides driven by seed treatments: Neonicotinoids may harm pollinators
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