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Study finds neonic insecticides contribute to decline in birds

neonics, birds

A popular pesticide is causing bird species to decline at an alarming rate in the United States, according to a recent study co-authored by an Auburn University researcher and published in the journal, Nature Sustainability. “There have long been concerns that the use of neonicotinoids — a group of synthetic insecticides that have gained popularity in seed coating, foliage spray ... Read More »

Auburn University research team tackles devastating cotton virus

clrdv

Since a potentially devastating cotton virus was first detected in Alabama fields in 2017, a group of Auburn University researchers and Alabama Extension specialists have been working to learn everything they can about it so farmers can minimize their risks. The team has worked so diligently, in fact, that Auburn has been designated as a U.S. Department of Agriculture Center ... Read More »

Untreated, nematode may potentially reduce cotton yields by 50%

reniform nematodes

The reniform nematode is one of the most commonly found pests of cotton, with the ability to cause severe economic damage. In order to assess exactly how much damage the reniform nematode can cause, Auburn University plant pathologists conducted a field trial comparing a clean field to a reniform-infested field. To get the most accurate data, the plant pathologists began ... Read More »