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‘Farming’ resistant parasites

Salmon is Scotland’s number one food export product and there are hopes to increase production and expand the industry further. However, Scottish salmon farmers are using record quantities of pesticides to counter parasite resistance. A 110% increase in the amount … Continue reading

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The buzz around pesticides

Evidence is mounting regarding the environmental damage caused by ‘nerve-agent’ pesticides such as Cruiser OSR, which contains the active ingredient thiamethoxam derived from the neo-nicotinoid family of insecticides. Cruiser OSR is used to treat rapeseed crops however, two recent studies … Continue reading

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Replacing herbicides with robots

A US company has received funding to commercialise a prototype weed-pulling robot that will reduce herbicide use. The ‘lettuce-bot’ uses algorithms to detect and differentiate between plants, even if they are touching. When it detects a weed, it injects enough … Continue reading

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New soil-free farms reduce land and water pressure

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The Waseda University in Japan has developed an alternative technology which allows farmers to grow crops without soil. Not only does this offer the potential to reduce land use pressure (by negating the need for nutrient-rich soil), it also offers … Continue reading

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Pesticide resistance – a new development

That bugs become resistant to pesticides over time is well known, however, while this resistance develops over multiple generations, bacteria can go through several generations in one day. New research has shown that some bacteria have evolved to be able … Continue reading

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