Soybean Response to Dicamba: A Meta-Analysis

(updated 31-May-2018 – text updated to better describe methods, various edits and additions) (updated 29-May-2018 – updated pooled data estimates to use a mixed-effects model) Abstract. A meta-analysis of 11 previously published field studies was conducted in order to summarize existing knowledge of the relationship between dicamba dose and susceptible soybean response. All studies that included visible injury data (N=7) reported injury symptoms at the lowest non-zero dicamba dose applied (as low as 0.03 g ha-1), and therefore a no …

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What does a pesticide taste like?

I honestly can’t believe I just typed that title. But here we are. The notorious Gilles-Eric Seralini published a paper recently called “The Taste of Pesticides in Wines.” As a part of the study, people were asked to choose a preference between organic and conventional wines. Okay, fine. But then the participants were given glasses of water, some of which were spiked with pesticides at doses purportedly found in bottles of wine. This is bizarre on so many levels. For …

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