Common pesticides stop bees and flies from getting a good night’s sleep

Just like us, many insects need a decent night’s sleep to function properly, but this might not be possible if they have been exposed to neonicotinoid insecticides, the most common form of insecticide used worldwide, suggests research by academics at the University of Bristol. Two studies by scientists at Bristol’s Schools of Physiology, Pharmacology and […]

The puzzle of nonhost resistance: why do pathogens harm some plants but not others?

IMAGE: Ralph Panstruga & Matthew Moscou view more  Credit: Ralph Panstruga & Matthew Moscou People have puzzled for years why pathogen Phytophthora infestens causes the devastating late blight disease, source of the Irish Potato famine, on potatoes, but has no effect at all on plants like apple or cucumber. How are apple trees and cucumber plants […]

$3.9M project on self-deleting genes takes aim at mosquito-borne diseases

To control mosquito populations and prevent them from transmitting diseases such as malaria, many researchers are pursuing strategies in mosquito genetic engineering. A new Texas A&M AgriLife Research project aims to enable temporary “test runs” of proposed genetic changes in mosquitoes, after which the changes remove themselves from the mosquitoes’ genetic code. The project’s first […]

Sheep show the contamination by microplastics in the agricultural soils of Murcia

IMAGE: Sheeps during the study view more  Credit: Nicolas Beriot (Diverfarming project) In recent times, the increase in plastic residues has been reasserted as being a major environmental problem. This material, which is present in packaging and day-to-day objects, plays a decisive role in intensive agriculture zones. In the Region of Murcia, known as “Europe’s market […]

Glyphosate may affect human gut microbiota

IMAGE: In glyphosate-sensitive bacteria, the EPSPS enzyme in the shikimate pathway is blocked by glyphosate and the essential aromatic amino acids are not produced. Glyphosate-resistant bacteria are not affected by the… view more  Credit: Pere Puigbò Glyphosate is the most commonly used broad-spectrum herbicide. Researchers from the University of Turku in Finland have developed a new […]