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From lethal spider toxins to eco-friendly pesticides

Biological insecticides are naturally derived pesticides that represent an environmentally friendly alternative to many of the existing pesticides used in agriculture.

Scientists are "teaching" plants to use insects as a natural defence

Rebreeding crops to attract and reward certain insects will boost their natural defences and cut the use of pesticides, suggest scientists.

Scientists are cleaning our drinking water with nanoparticles

Nano-sized iron particles will be used to secure clean drinking water in remote corners of Denmark.

Pesticide cocktails cause environmental risk

The risk assessment of pesticide is usually performed on individual compounds. The combination of these environmental chemicals may however give rise to unexpected and unwanted effects.

Pull, push and kill cabbage root flies

Cabbage root flies can devastate fields of cabbage and broccoli. But a clever defence has been developed using fungi, Chinese cabbage and clover.