Plants and invertebrates face increasing applied pesticide toxicity

Increased efficacy of pesticides comes along with decreased applied amounts in agriculture – but does this translate to lower risks to non-target species? The answer is NO, if you ask scientists at the University of Koblenz-Landau who recently published a study in Science assessing changes in the use of 381 pesticides and toxicity to eight non-target species groups over the course of 25 years. In our blog, the authors explain the shifts in applied pesticide toxicity they found, and which species are increasingly at risk.

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Impact of fungicides on amphibian development & metamorphosis

In this post, Mirco Bundschuh and Carsten Brühl talk about a recent publication assessing the impact of fungicide-induced changes in food quality on the development and metamorphoses of the European common frog (Rana temopraria). This work is published open access in Ecology and Evolution. Relevant data is made available to the research community through dryad.

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Water Quality in European Surface Waters – A Spatial Complex (Part 3)

Jakob Wolfram talks about how water quality in Europe is affected by spatial factors and how they contribute to quality impairments for different organism groups. His research on “Water Quality and Ecological Risks in European Surface Waters – Monitoring Improves While Water Quality Decreases” is published in Environment International.

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Water Quality in European Surface Waters – A Risky Situation (Part 2)

Jakob Wolfram talks about how water quality in Europe changed over time for different species groups and identifies the actors responsible for the deteriorated water quality. His research on “Water Quality and Ecological Risks in European Surface Waters – Monitoring Improves While Water Quality Decreases” is published in Environment International.

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Water Quality in European Surface Waters – Finding stories in big data (Part 1)

Jakob Wolfram talks about analyzing a large monitoring dataset to understand how water quality in Europe changed over time, how these trends affect different species groups, and which factors contribute to deteriorated water quality. His research on “Water Quality and Ecological Risks in European Surface Waters – Monitoring Improves While Water Quality Decreases” is published in Environment International.

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Developing a global science-policy body on chemicals and waste – You can sign on!

For the first time, the United Nations Environment Programme is going to make chemical pollution, similarly to climate change and biodiversity, a priority topic in 2022–2025. The International Panel on Chemical Pollution (IPCP) invites you to voice your support for establishing a global science-policy body on chemicals and waste.

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