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Farmers quickly adopted glyphosate for agricultural weed control, especially after Monsanto introduced glyphosate-resistant Roundup Ready crops, enabling farmers to kill weeds without killing their crops. In 2007, glyphosate was the most used herbicide in the United States' agricultural sector and the second-most used (after 2,4-D) in home and garden, government and industry, and commercial applications.[6] From the late 1970s to 2016, there was a 100-fold increase in the frequency and volume of application of glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs) worldwide, with further increases expected in the future.

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The consensus among national pesticide regulatory agencies and scientific organizations is that labeled uses of glyphosate have demonstrated no evidence of human carcinogenicity.[10] The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment toxicology review in 2013 found that with regard to positive correlations between exposure to glyphosate formulations and risk of various cancers, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma, "the available data is contradictory and far from being convincing".[11] A meta-analysis published in 2014 identified an increased risk of NHL in workers exposed to glyphosate formulations.[12] In March 2015, the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic in humans" (category 2A) based on epidemiological studies, animal studies, and in vitro studies.[8][13][14][15] In contrast, the European Food Safety Authority concluded in November 2015 that "the substance is unlikely to be genotoxic (i.e. damaging to DNA) or to pose a carcinogenic threat to humans", later clarifying that while carcinogenic glyphosate-containing formulations may exist, studies "that look solely at the active substance glyphosate do not show this effect."[16][17] In 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) classified glyphosate as causing serious eye damage and as toxic to aquatic life, but did not find evidence implicating it as a carcinogen, a mutagen, toxic to reproduction, nor toxic to specific organs.[18]

The second uses glycine in place of iminodiacetic acid. This avoids the need for decarboxylation but requires more careful control of stoichiometry, as the primary amine can react with any excess formaldehyde to form bishydroxymethylglycine, which must be hydrolysed during the work-up to give the desired product.[19]

Glyphosate and related herbicides are often used in invasive species eradication and habitat restoration, especially to enhance native plant establishment in prairie ecosystems. The controlled application is usually combined with a selective herbicide and traditional methods of weed eradication such as mulching to achieve an optimal effect.[69]

The antimicrobial activity of glyphosate has been described in the microbiology literature since its discovery in 1970 and the description of glyphosate's mechanism of action in 1972. Efficacy was described for numerous bacteria and fungi.[118] Glyphosate can control the growth of apicomplexan parasites, such as Toxoplasma gondii, Plasmodium falciparum (malaria), and Cryptosporidium parvum, and has been considered an antimicrobial agent in mammals.[119] Inhibition can occur with some Rhizobium species important for soybean nitrogen fixation, especially under moisture stress.[120]

Some researchers have suggested the toxicity effects of pesticides on amphibians may be different from those of other aquatic fauna because of their lifestyle; amphibians may be more susceptible to the toxic effects of pesticides because they often prefer to breed in shallow, lentic, or ephemeral pools. These habitats do not necessarily constitute formal water-bodies and can contain higher concentrations of pesticide compared to larger water-bodies.[135][144] Studies in a variety of amphibians have shown the toxicity of GBFs containing POEA to amphibian larvae. These effects include interference with gill morphology and mortality from either the loss of osmotic stability or asphyxiation. At sub-lethal concentrations, exposure to POEA or glyphosate/POEA formulations have been associated with delayed development, accelerated development, reduced size at metamorphosis, developmental malformations of the tail, mouth, eye and head, histological indications of intersex and symptoms of oxidative stress.[135] Glyphosate-based formulations can cause oxidative stress in bullfrog tadpoles.[15]

A 2013 meta-analysis reviewed the available data related to potential impacts of glyphosate-based herbicides on amphibians. According to the authors, the use of glyphosate-based pesticides cannot be considered the major cause of amphibian decline, the bulk of which occurred prior to the widespread use of glyphosate or in pristine tropical areas with minimal glyphosate exposure. The authors recommended further study of per-species and per-development-stage chronic toxicity, of environmental glyphosate levels, and ongoing analysis of data relevant to determining what if any role glyphosate might be playing in worldwide amphibian decline, and suggest including amphibians in standardized test batteries.[146]

Spodoptera litura (Fabricius) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) is a cosmopolitan and obnoxious pest of more than 100 crops, ornamentals, and vegetable species1. A single mother can lay over 2,000 eggs and huge populations are present when conditions are favourable2. Larvae are gregarious leaf eaters, and uncontrolled feeding can induce 100 percent losses in some sensitive crops. Pesticides are primary tools that are used to control this pest, but inappropriate use has several associated problems. It has led to the development of pesticide resistance against routinely used organophosphates, carbamates, pyrethroids, indoxacarb, abamectin, emamectin benzoate, and chlorantraniliprole3. As a result of resistance development, it becomes difficult to control the pest and outbreaks occur due to control failures4. Further challenges include potential risks to biodiversity, humans, and the environment. Environmental-friendly strategies such as biological control as replacements of conventionally used pesticides are thus need of time5,6,7.

Biological control is one of the finest means of suppressing pest problems with reduced reliance on synthetic insecticides8. Many factors that significantly determine biocontrol fate include species identity, resource quality/quantity, and other ecological considerations9. Temperature is primarily important for biological systems through its close link with species metabolic rates and fitness parameters i.e., survival, development, reproduction, handling time, and searching efficiency of predators10. Since insects are ectotherms, they rely greatly on temperature for their growth, reproduction, maturation and trophic relations11. Insects vary greatly in thermal sensitivity levels, hunting behaviour, and resource-specificity. Assessment of the effect of temperature at individual species level12 is typically desired to improve our understanding about temperature regulation of trophic cascades and population dynamics13. This will pave a way towards the development of effective biocontrol strategies under altered climates11. The use of age-stage, two-sex life table approach, developed by Chi and Liu (1985) and Chi (1988), represents an effective way of studying fitness of the individuals under influence of stressors14.

Polyphagous predators can be mass-reared and produced with artificial diets, and alternative resource can increase their numbers in the field15. The family Coccinellidae includes a globally widespread group of predatory beetles that are polyphagous16 and indicate preference for resource including transitions across kingdoms (Animalia, Fungi, and Plantae) and trophic levels (carnivorous and herbivorous)17. Many coccinellids are important predators of hemipterans, including aphids10,18, whitefly19, mealybugs20, scale insects21 and immature lepidopterans22,23. Resource quality, thermal surroundings, mobility24, nutritional status25, as well as density and size of the prey26 are critical determinants of predator development, biology16 and predation parameters12,27,28,29. The biological control effectiveness of the predator can thus be evaluated by combining development, survival rates, and reproductive potential with age-specific predation rates30.

Life table of this predator has been developed on various insects and temperatures10,33,34. The population parameters and feeding rate of this predator have been shown to depend on the temperature and resource30. Using laboratory experiments, we showed that foraging by H. axyridis on the eggs and larvae of S. litura (eggs and larvae) is temperature-derived23,35. Predator (larvae and adults) increases its foraging with warmer temperatures and decreases with colder temperatures. What remains unexplored is the impact of temperature-influenced feeding on subsequent predator development and predation rate. The present study answers this question by feeding and rearing H. axyridis on the eggs of S. litura at four constant temperatures by hypothesizing that predation and life history parameters of H. axyridis on S. litura eggs will be different across four temperatures tested.


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