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Launching the EU Pesticide Atlas 2022!

In order to contribute to the idea of sustainable agriculture and reduce the use of chemical pesticides, Pesticide Action Network Europe (PanE) along with partners such as Heinrich Böll Stiftung, BUND e.V. and Friends of the Earth Europe, launches a one-of-a-kind, EU Pesticide Atlas 2022.

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Can heterogeneous landscapes mitigate pesticide stress?

In this blogpost, Moritz Link reports how pesticide toxicity affects stream ecosystems in Transylvania, Romania, a region where traditional agriculture prevails. The researchers analyzed macroinvertebrate communities, leaf litter decomposition and parasite prevalence in relation to physico-chemical stressors in the stream and the landscape.

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Excursion to Mals in South Tyrol: Pesticide monitoring along an altitudinal gradient

In May 2022, a couple of M.Sc. Ecotoxicology students along with Carsten Brühl went to South Tyrol (Italy) to investigate the distribution of pesticides in alpine environments. A part of the group were students from the module Methods in Ecotoxicology, that includes a block lecture and a laboratory test and this year also a field part to perform exposure measurements. The Landau group met with Johann Zaller from BOKU Vienna, author of Daily Poison.

In this blogpost, two of those students, Ken Mauser and Nina Engelhard, present the reason for going to South Tyrol, some brief details about the study and their experience.

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Pesticides fly under the radar of official monitoring

The governmental monitoring under the Water Framework Directive (WFD) shall monitor the status of European water bodies. By carrying out a refined monitoring, a group of scientists from Leipzig and Landau now showed that pesticide risk in surface waters remains widely unnoticed in the WFD monitoring.

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Year in Review – Part 3

In the third installment of the ‘Year in Review’ series, we present our readers a glimpse of the last lot of most visited posts in the year 2021. 

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Year in Review – Part 2

In the second installment of the ‘Year in Review’ series, we give our readers a glimpse of 3 most visited posts in the year 2021. 

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Year in Review – Part 1

In this first installment of the ‘Year in Review’ series, we would like to give our readers a glimpse of some of the best blogposts of the year 2021.

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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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