Press Release: New study: Herbicides (glyphosate, dicamba) & antibiotic resistance


A new study finds that bacteria develop antibiotic resistance up to 100,000-times faster when exposed to the world’s most widely used herbicides, Roundup (glyphosate) and Kamba (dicamba) and antibiotics compared to without the herbicide. This study adds to a growing body of evidence that …

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Comment by Ricarda Steinbrecher on Kyrou et al 2018 in Nature Biotechnology: Gene drives breakthrough needs urgent restraint


A research development that crashed a population of caged mosquitoes could enable elimination of non-target species, says Dr Ricarda Steinbrecher Gene drive researchers associated with Target Malaria and funded by US DARPA, the GATES Foundation and the UK BBSRC have just managed to crash …

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Report – Gene-edited organisms in agriculture: risks and unexpected consequences


In recent years, there has been much discussion of how gene editing techniques, such as CRISPR, can broaden the scope of genetic engineering in agriculture. However, it’s becoming clear that gene editing techniques are error prone. This new report from Friends of the Earth …

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Paper: Re-registration Challenges of Glyphosate in the European Union


by András Székács and Béla Darvas published in Frontiers of Environmental Science on 31 July 2018   One of the most controversial societal issues today, regarding pesticide registration in the European Union (EU) may be the case surrounding re-registration of the active herbicide ingredient …

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Paper: Histopathological Investigation of the Stomach of Rats Fed a 60% Genetically Modified Corn Diet


By Irena M. Zdziarski, Judy A. Carman, John W. Edwards The paper provides evidence from a feeding experiment on rats that the authors did, that GM crops producing Cry proteins (sometimes known as Bt proteins), may not be as safe as asserted. The authors …

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Estimating acute mortality of Lepidoptera caused by the cultivation of insect-resistant Bt maize – The LepiX model


Article by LorenzFahse, Phillip Papastefanou, and Mathias Otto   Abstract The cultivation of Bt maize, genetically modified to be resistant to insect pests, has led to intense scientific and political debate about its possible adverse impacts on biodiversity. To better address this question we …

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International Conference “The Dramatic Changes on the Planet and the Hellenic Roots of Ecological Ethics”


This is the Second International Conference on “The Dramatic Changes on the Planet and the Hellenic Roots of Ecological Ethics”. The Conference is jointly organized by the University of Patras and the Centre for Sciences and Hellenic Values, a non-profit organization with substantial support …

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Newspaper Article: Australia, New Zealand approval of GM rice questioned


Summary of the article: Genetically-modified golden rice gains approval of Australia and New Zealand TestBiotech, a Munich-based institute has questioned the basis for the approval as inadequate The institute recommends more rigorous tests to ensure public safety READ the full article READ an ENSSER …

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Study: Impacts of glyphosate-based herbicides on disease resistance and health of crops: a review


By Daisy A. Martinez, Ulrich E. Loening, and Margaret C. Graham.   Abstract: Based on experimental data from laboratory and field, numerous authors have raised concern that exposure to glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs) may pre-dispose crops to damage by microbial pathogens. In this review, we …

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New research finds common herbicides cause antibiotic resistance


New research finds common herbicides cause antibiotic resistance   New University of Canterbury research confirms that the active ingredients of the commonly used herbicides, RoundUp, Kamba and 2,4-D (glyphosate, dicamba and 2,4-D, respectively), each alone cause antibiotic resistance at concentrations well below label application …

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