Year in Review – Part 1

In this first installment of the ‘Year in Review’ series, we would like to give our readers a glimpse of some of the best blogposts of the year 2021.

1. Agriculture without paradises? Low intensity agriculture and pesticide use in Eastern Europe

This blogpost highlights some of the salient features of a research by Verena Schreiner entitled ‘Paradise lost? Pesticide pollution in a European region with considerable amount of traditional agriculture’. The research is a comparison between low intensity (traditional) and high intensity (modern) agriculture in the context of pesticide exposure in the streams adjacent to the fields. The research concludes that assumptions of low intensity agriculture leading to lower pesticide exposure of adjacent non-target areas need to be revisited using scientific data.

To read more about her work, please follow the link given below:-

2. Setting the scene – An easytemplate for figures in R (ggplot2)

This blogpost by Jakob Wolfram serves as a beginner’s guide for creating well-defined and appealing figures using ggplot2 template in R. The post gives a step-by-step approach for building nice graphics along with a ready-to-use code. The author also highlights the importance of using this approach.

To read more about his work, please follow the link given below:-

3. Chemical Monitoring Scheme for Surface Water Bodies in The Gambia

This blogpost showcases the Master thesis project of a recent M.Sc. Ecotoxicology graduate, Lamin Jaiteh. He talks about how he planned and organized a national surface water monitoring scheme for his home country The Gambia, West Africa, where it is intended to be implemented to improve water quality and protect natural resources. The Master thesis was conducted within the MAGIC research team, supported by Lara L. Petschick and supervised by Prof. Dr. Ralf Schulz and Dr. Sebastian Stehle at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Institute for Environmental Sciences. The project also received further support by the SystemLink working group.

To read more about his work, please follow the link given below:-