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Diflubenzuron (DFB) Kills Non-Target Species; New Study Discovers

Diflubenzuron (DFB) is a pesticide used to kill the salmon lice from decades. But a recent study by S. Jannicke Moe., et. al. has found that beside its own target it also affect non-target species.

These researchers developed a model based on age-structured phenomenon.

The model predicts decline in shrimp abundance by 8%–99%, depending on DFB development.

This study has been published recently in 413th volume of a journal named as Ecological Modelling.

Diflubenzuron (DFB) acts as the inhibitor for chitin synthesis. The study finds out that this chemical also affect northern shrimp (Pandalus borealis). The effects of this chemical enhances with increase in temperature and decrease in pH.

The original article can be accessed at Read Article.

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Sohail Anjum

Sohail Anjum completed his undergraduate degree in Zoology from University of Malakand in September 2019. He is a young researcher in Ecology. He has also worked with IUCN as a Reviewer of Proposals for IUCN Congress 2020.

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