A regional laboratory found residues of carbofuran when analyzing frozen 'Red chili without stalks' for plant protection products. The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) thereupon asked the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) to make a health assessment for the sample. The result was that a risk to the health of consumers is unlikely according to the latest available scientific knowledge.
To what extent are residues of plant protection products contained in food? With a new orientation value (status indicator) established within the scope of the National Action Plan (NAP) for the sustainable use of plant protection products, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) wants to create more clarity for consumers.
A new study of cabbage crops in New York -- a state industry worth close to $60 million in 2017, according to the USDA -- reports for the first time that the effectiveness of releasing natural enemies to combat pests depends on the landscape surrounding the field.
Coral bleaching is not just due to a warming planet, but also a planet that is simultaneously being enriched with reactive nitrogen from sources like improperly treated sewage, and fertilizers. Nitrogen loading from the Florida Keys and greater Everglades ecosystem caused by humans is the primary driver of coral reef degradation in Looe Key. These coral reefs were dying off long before they were impacted by rising water temperatures. Elevated nitrogen levels cause phosphorus starvation in corals, reducing their temperature threshold for bleaching.
The discovery of a more effective method to estimate polluting emissions from nitrogen fertilizers.
Research determines bioavailable nitrogen content of different biosolid products.
Findings from La Trobe University-led research could lead to less fertilizer wastage, saving millions of dollars for Australian farmers.
Allowing cover crops to grow two weeks longer in the spring and planting corn and soybean crops into them before termination is a strategy that may help no-till farmers deal with wet springs, according to Penn State researchers.
In a new study, UC Santa Barbara Bren School professor Arturo Keller links reforestation to water quality credits.
In February, environmentalists in Germany collected 1.75 million signatures for a 'save the bees law.' Citizens can stop insect declines by halting habitat loss and fragmentation, producing food without pesticides and limiting climate change, say the authors of this Perspectives piece in Science.