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Pesticide Detection Research


Trying to establish a link between pesticide exposure and effects can be hugely challenging as we may may struggle to develop the technology required to detect, test, and show impacts in a timely manner.  Researchers at UC Davis are developing a method that would allow them to determine the generational effects of pesticide exposure. 


With pesticide exposure in humans, there can be reproductive effects that are not observable until subsequent generations, when the children of parents exposed to pesticides become adults and begin having children of their own. The UC Davis research team is planning a pilot experiment with a new technology using zebrafish to screen nine of the most commonly used pesticides in California, measuring toxicity and reproductive effects.   Read more about how they plan to use glowing fish to detect harmful pesticides.

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