Control of plant diseases is often accomplished with the use of harsh chemical sprays and soil fumigants in conventional farming systems, but a new study in PLOS ONE found that organic farming can...

Supporting biodiversity is not only a tenet of organic farming, but the ecosystem services that biodiversity can provide to farmers is also relied upon for...

Neonicotinoid pesticides remain controversial as evidence mounts to show their detrimental impacts on important biodiversity. Documenting more evidence of their harm, a recent study in the journal...

Natural habitat like woods and natural grasslands are known to support more insect and wildlife biodiversity than agriculturally intensive landscapes, but not all insects and wildlife such as...

As the demand for chocolate has grown, so has the intensification of cacao production, which has significantly driven deforestation in tropical regions. Shade...

Increasing soil salinity threatens soil health and plant growth by altering soil organic matter and organisms that cycle nutrients. A new study in Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems found that...

Honey bee health is affected by a myriad of factors including the diversity and quality of food available to them, exposure to pesticides, and attacks by parasites and diseases. Genetic activity...

Although the benefits of hedgerows on biodiversity like birds, pollinators and natural enemies to pests is well established, a recent study published in the journal Agronomy found that hedgerows...

Organic farming is known to increase natural pest control that helps organic farmers overcome reliance on chemical pest management. While the common perception is that natural pest control is...

Hedgerows and flower strips are often planted among crops to boost beneficial insect populations, but there are few comprehensive studies that compare different types...

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