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Utilized Mythology: Nature: The Unique Chemist - The JamsPortal

(This put up initially appeared on the PPIP Weblog)

We regularly see a distinction drawn between what's “pure” and what's “chemical.” Generally merchandise are described as “chemical-free” though each bodily object is manufactured from chemical compounds. As a lot as this implies an issue with our science schooling, it speaks to a missed alternative for surprise. Nature isn't some type of cosmic mom determine; quite the opposite, nature consists of numerous organic and bodily processes, together with some fairly wonderful examples of chemistry frequently going down. If we indulge the human personification of nature and it’s “youngsters” a bit, lets say the next about these “chemists:”
They're extraordinarily artistic.
They'll make actually advanced molecules.
A few of their chemical compounds final a extremely very long time – which is usually good and generally unhealthy.
They're actually good at making polymers.
They make some extraordinarily poisonous issues.

I’ll …

The Many Methods Farmers Management Pests - The JamsPortal

The submit initially appeared on the Placing Pesticides in Perspective (PPIP) Weblog on 2/7/17 on which there are additionally 6 associated sub-posts
Whether or not a farmer is rising in an natural or typical system, his or her crop must be protected against harm from plant pests (bugs, fungi, micro organism, viruses, nematodes, weeds…). To fail to reduce pest harm results in inefficient use of scarce sources like prime farm land, water, or inputs. The standard and security of the ultimate merchandise can be compromised.

Whereas supplies we consider as “pesticides” play an essential position, fashionable agricultural pest administration depends upon a mix of a number of instruments and techniques which, when used collectively, provide a extra resilient, financial, and efficient technique of crop safety. Although a few of these practices have been a part of conventional farming, many are newer improvements. The specific design of those multi-strategy packages started within the 1970s, an…