Pest resistance to biotech crops surging

Public Release: 10-Oct-2017   A new global assessment helps scientists explain why cases of pest resistance to genetically engineered crops increased by more than fivefold in the past decade, yet some pests remain suppressed University of Arizona   IMAGE: The caterpillar pest Helicoverpa zea (also known as cotton bollworm and corn earworm) has evolved resistance…

Herbicides now completely failing to control some weeds

Public Release: 4-Oct-2017 Are we at a tipping point with weed control? University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences   IMAGE: Researcher Adam Davis from the University of Illinois says we’re close to losing chemical control of weeds like Palmer amaranth in some locations. Credit: Patrick Tranel URBANA, Ill. – Imagine walking…

Database of earthquakes triggered by human activity is growing — with some surprises

Public Release: 28-Sep-2017   Seismological Society of America The Human-Induced Earthquake Database (HiQuake), the world’s most complete database of earthquake sequences proposed to have been triggered by human activity, now includes approximately 730 entries, according to a report published October 4 in the “Data Mine” column of the journal Seismological Research Letters. Mining projects (37%)…

Herbicides mysteriously lead to multiple diseases in great grand offspring

Public Release: 20-Sep-2017 WSU researchers see popular herbicide affecting health across generations Atrazine linked to diseases in grand- and great-grand offspring Washington State University PULLMAN, Wash.–First, the good news. Washington State University researchers have found that a rat exposed to a popular herbicide while in the womb developed no diseases and showed no apparent health…

Antidepressants found in fish brains in Great Lakes region

Public Release: 31-Aug-2017   The drugs enter rivers and lakes from treatment plants and sewage overflows, threatening aquatic life, scientists say University at Buffalo   BUFFALO, N.Y. — Human antidepressants are building up in the brains of bass, walleye and several other fish common to the Great Lakes region, scientists say. In a new study,…

Research on the meaning of ancient geometric earthworks in southwestern Amazonia

PUBLIC RELEASE: 30-AUG-2017   UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI   IMAGE: SÁ AND SEU CHIQUINHO SITES FEATURING CIRCULAR, SQUARE, AND U-SHAPED EARTHWORKS. CREDIT: PHOTOGRAPHER: SANNA SAUNALUOMA Researchers examine pre-colonial geometric earthworks in the southwestern Amazonia from the point of view of indigenous peoples and archaeology. The study shows that the earthworks were once important ritual communication spaces.…

Cyborg bacteria outperform plants when turning sunlight into useful compounds (video)

Public Release: 22-Aug-2017   American Chemical Society IMAGE: Artist’s rendering of bioreactor (left) loaded with bacteria decorated with cadmium sulfide, light-absorbing nanocrystals (middle) to convert light, water and carbon dioxide into useful chemicals (right). Credit: Kelsey K. Sakimoto WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2017 — Photosynthesis provides energy for the vast majority of life on Earth. But…

Virus reprograms ocean plankton

Public Release: 21-Aug-2017 University of Exeter A virus which infects ocean plankton can reprogramme cells and change the way they absorb nutrients – potentially changing how carbon is stored in the ocean, new research shows. Scientists from the University of Exeter have examined the DNA of the OTV6 virus, which infects phytoplankton (plant-like microbes which…