The use of pesticide and herbicide sprays is routine in Germany. From fighting weeds to fungus and insects, Bayer Crop Science has a suitable chemical agent. But nobody wants those chemicals in their food, and there are many critics who warn of risks. Kerstin Schweizer met proponents and critics.
Deutsche Welle (Oct. 13, 2013) Agricultural scientists at the University of Kiel are developing forecasting models for the use of pesticides. They're based on long-term studies of weather patterns, plant diseases and the condition ... watch video
Radio Netherlands (July 5, 2011) The growing use of pesticides is threatening the quality of Dutch surface water. A recent report showed that in some areas of the country, the concentration of certain pesticides exceeds the norm by ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (May 16, 2013) Bees supply us with honey and pollinate flowers. But more and more of them are dying off. Diseases, mold, and mildew -- but also insecticides -- are being blamed for their demise. Now the ... watch video
Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Aug. 17, 2015) : Researchers are developing biodegradable nanoparticles that could reduce the amount of harmful chemicals in pesticides. Ben Gruber reports.
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AFP (Apr. 21, 2013) Bees colonies in Greece are still going strong while others elsewhere in Europe are dropping steeply, reportedly due to GM crops and pesticides. It's a boon for society here where honey plays a key ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (June 3, 2013) Nicaragua's unique weather conditions are ideal for growing coffee and cocoa beans. But climate change is threatening the weather system there - the dry periods are becoming more humid and conditions ... watch video
AFP (Apr. 28, 2012) Argentina's farmers cannot roll back climate change -– but with a new biotech advance which allows crops to survive in hot, dry climes, they may not need to. One team has found that ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (Aug. 11, 2013) With flying cameras and three-dimensional nuclear spin imaging Ulrich Schurr is studying the growth of energy crops. Rapeseed, sugar beets, China grass - these are plants which can be easily ... watch video
July 21, 2016 New study provides insights into the evolution of Mucorales fungi, which cause a fatal infection in ever-increasing segments of patient population, and several molecular pathways that might be ... read more
July 21, 2016 Ecologists are leading a global effort to predict where new infectious diseases are likely to emerge. In a new paper, they describe how macroecology—the study of ecological ... read more
Apr. 30, 2015 Scientists report that a particular class of commonly used pesticides called 'neonicotinoids' wreaks havoc on the bee populations, ultimately putting some crops that rely on pollination in ... read more
Oct. 2, 2012 The use of herbicides in the production of three genetically modified herbicide-tolerant crops -- cotton, soybeans and corn -- has actually increased, according to a new study. This counterintuitive ... read more
Aug. 16, 2012 Even as crops resistant to 2,4-D herbicide are being developed, populations of weeds are also developing a resistance. A 2,4-D–resistant variety of the waterhemp weed has been found, and its spread ... read more
Feb. 9, 2012 Over-reliance on glyphosate-type herbicides for weed control on US farms has created a dramatic increase in the number of genetically-resistant weeds, according to agricultural researchers, who say ... read more