Crop Biotech Update

Study on How Pesticides Change the Environment

August 28, 2013

Ecotoxicologists Heinz Köhler and Rita Triebskorn of the University of Tübingen have published a study on the link between pesticides and the changing ecological systems. Their study cited mathematical and experimental approaches which can help recognize the links between the effects of pesticides in individuals and ecological changes in biological communities and ecosystems in regions where intensive farming is practiced.

The study also claims interdependent effects between pesticides and global warming. The researchers forecast changes to "natural" selection, the spread of infections, and the sexual development and fertility of wild animals. Further, they said it is a challenge for science to show how climate change influences the effects of pesticides, and which ecological systems are sensitive to this interdependence.

The results of the study are published in the journal Science, available at: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/341/6147/759.full.

For further details, read the news release available at:
http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/en/landingpage/newsfullview-landingpage/article/wie-pestizide-auf-die-belebte-umwelt-wirken.html.