The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) already prepared the first draft of its health assessment of glyphosate (RAR) in 2013. Since then the BfR has received repeated inquires foremost regarding the independence of the European institutions and the assessment procedure.
A Michigan State University study is the first to show an association between unusually high pesticide exposure and poor sense of smell among aging farmers.
Researchers found an efficient approach to managing nitrogen in agriculture and reducing its environmental impact. It's all about being green.
In a new study, University of Illinois scientists have estimated that a new conservation practice known as saturated buffers could reduce nitrogen from agricultural drainage by 5 to 10 percent.
RUDN pedologists studied the combined effect of nitrogen-containing fertilizers and plastic mulching. The efficiency of the procedure turned out to depend on the part of the bed (the furrow or the ridge) that was fertilized. The results of the study were published in the Soil & Tillage Research journal.
Researchers at Rice University and North Dakota State University have assembled current and potential sources of government support to promote the production and use of biochar, which helps preserve valuable soil, enhance agricultural production, improve local air quality and sequester carbon dioxide.
Washington State University researchers have discovered the way plants respond to disease-causing organisms, and how they protect themselves, leading the way to potential breakthroughs in breeding resistance to diseases or pests.
Termites are commonly regarded as one of the most destructive insect pests, yet its unknown side was recently revealed by a major new study published in the prestigious journal Science -- the collaborative research co-led by Dr. Louise Ashton of the University of Hong Kong, with researchers from the University of Liverpool and the Natural History Museum, London, has discovered that termites actually help mitigate against the effects of drought in tropical rain forests.
For the first time, a group led by Denise Aumer and Eckart Stolle, at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg's Institute of Biology, have finally found the root cause responsible for thelytoky syndrome--which dramatically turns bees from altruistic helpers to selfish mercenaries.
A team led by entomologists at the University of California, Riverside, performed a study on the Big Island and found viruses associated with the varroa mite, a parasite of honeybees, have spilled over into the western yellowjacket, a honeybee predator and honey raider. The result is a hidden, yet remarkable, change in the genetic diversity of viruses associated with the larger pathogen community of the mite and wasp, with repercussions yet to be understood.