Neonicotinoid pesticides

Common pesticide makes migrating birds anorexic

When birds migrate, timing is everything. Fly too late, and they miss the peak season for finding good food, a good mate, or a good nest site. But that’s just what may happen to migrants unlucky enough to eat pesticide-laced seeds, new research shows. Toxicologists studying white-crowned sparrows have shown that these large, grayish birds become anorexic after eating neonicotinoid pesticides, causing them to lose weight and delay their southward journeys. The study might apply to other birds as well—and help explain the dramatic songbird decline of recent decades, researchers say.

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Pesticide contamination

Linhart et al. Environmental Science Europe

Pesticide contamination and associated risk factors at public playgrounds near intensively managed apple and wine orchards.

Pesticide-contamination-Suedtirol-Italy.pdf

Angels of the soil

NEWSLETTER n. 61

“Infinite economic growth in a finite world is a myth”, Felwine Sarr – Economist

PDF: SUOLO Europa Newsletter 61 – July 2019

Suolo Europa suolo.europa@gmail.com

Dow Chemical & Trump

Dow Chemical Donates $1 Million to Trump
Asks Administration to Ignore Pesticide Study

Chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion are a group of pesticides that are a big money-maker for Dow Chemical, with the company selling approximately 5 million pounds of chlorpyrifos in the U.S. each year, according to the Associated Press.

www.vanityfair.com/dow-chemical

NATURERESEARCH

SCIENTIFIC REPORTS

Assessment of Glyphosate Induced Epigenetic Transgenerational Inheritance of Pathologies and Sperm Epimutations: Generational Toxicology

Link: www.nature.com/glyphosate

National Institutes of Health

Acute effect of low-dose thiacloprid exposure synergised by tebuconazole in a parasitoid wasp.

Abstract: Agricultural practices often involve tank-mixing and co-application of insecticides with fungicides to control crop pests. However, natural methods relying on biological control agents such as hymenopteran parasitoids have been shown to be highly effective in suppressing crop pest populations. The current body of insecticide risk assessment data accounting for fungicide co-application is very small, the present study being the first to examine this in a parasitoid wasp.

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Biodiversity

Agriculturally dominated landscapes reduce bee phylogenetic diversity and pollination services

Land-use change threatens global biodiversity and may reshape the tree of life by favoring some lineages over others. Whether phylogenetic diversity loss compromises ecosystem service delivery remains unknown. We address this knowledge gap using extensive genomic, community, and crop datasets to examine relationships among land use, pollinator phylogenetic structure, and crop production.

Grab_Agriculture_Bee_Science_SM.pdf
AgricultureBiodiversityloss_Science19.pdf

Sing for the Climate

Vandana Shiva: youtube

Varroa destructor

Varroa destructor feeds primarily on honey bee fat body tissue and not hemolymph

varroa destructor - honey beeVarroa destructor causes considerable damage to honey bees and subsequently the field of apiculture through just one process: feeding. For five decades, we have believed that these mites consume hemolymph like a tick consumes blood, and that Varroa cause harm primarily by vectoring viruses.

Link: www.pnas.org/varroa-destructor

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