Killer cotton and planes dropping moths wiped out these pests

The invasive pink bollworm has inflicted tens of millions of dollars in damage annually. Biotech cotton and sterile moths helped eradicate it in the US.

Rose Brandt-Arizona • futurity
Dec. 22, 2020 ~7 min

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Crystal insecticide is 12x better at killing malaria mosquitoes

A new crystal form of deltamethrin—a common insecticide used to control malaria—is up to 12 times more effective against mosquitoes than the existing form.

Rachel Harrison-NYU • futurity
Oct. 13, 2020 ~6 min

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Solution to viscosity mystery may curb pesticide pollution

Researchers have figured out how to measure the viscosity of droplets. That could help control pesticide spraying, ink-jet printing, and more.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
July 1, 2020 ~5 min

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Treating fabric with this pesticide zaps mosquitoes

Transfluthrin, a pesticide that can kill malaria-carrying mosquitoes, could be applied to bed nets and curtains.

Duke-NUS • futurity
June 25, 2020 ~5 min

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Volcanic glass spray can kill mosquitoes

A new spray made with a type of volcanic glass shows promise in killing mosquitoes. That could help stop the spread of malaria.

Mick Kulikowski-NC State • futurity
June 8, 2020 ~6 min

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Tags on pet dogs could monitor our chemical exposure

Researchers used silicone dog tags as passive environmental samplers to collect information about everyday chemical exposures.

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
June 2, 2020 ~5 min

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Celiac diagnosis more likely with higher blood levels of pesticides

In a new study, young people newly diagnosed with celiac disease had higher levels of chemicals from pesticides, nonstick cookware, and flame retardants in their blood.

David March-NYU • futurity
May 12, 2020 ~5 min

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Method can measure gene-silencing pesticide in soil

New pesticides that give plants their own defenses against insects are headed to market. A new method is the first to detect them in dirt.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
May 11, 2020 ~6 min

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How insecticide could harm monarchs in added habitat

The research on insecticides could lead to better strategies for how to plant milkweed on agricultural land to expand monarch butterfly populations.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
April 9, 2020 ~4 min

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Insecticide-making cotton actually boosted pesticide use in India

Thanks to genetically modified Bt cotton, "farmers in India are spending more on seeds, more on fertilizer, and more on insecticides."

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
March 25, 2020 ~4 min

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