Unique Methods Used to Understand Frog Exposure to Pesticides in Agricultural Settings

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Adult frog exposure to pesticides in aquatic and terrestrial habitats was quantified using a novel combination of radio telemetry and passive sampling techniques to better understand factors affecting frog health and survival in agricultural landscapes.

Related research papers

Swanson, J.E., Muths, E., Pierce, C.L., Dinsmore, S.J., Vandever, M.W., Hladik, M.L., and Smalling, K.L., 2018, Exploring the amphibian exposome in an agricultural landscape using telemetry and passive sampling: Scientific Reports, v. 8, no. 1, p. 10045, doi:10.1038/s41598-018-28132-3.

Swanson, J.E., Muths, E., Pierce, C.L., Vandever, M.W., and Smalling, K.L., 2018, Amphibian occupancy and effects of habitat use on pesticide exposure in Iowa wetlands: U.S. Geological Survey Data Release.

Smalling, K.L., Reeves, R., Muths, E., Vandever, M., Battaglin, W.A., Hladik, M.L., and Pierce, C.L., 2015, Pesticide concentrations in frog tissue and wetland habitats in a landscape dominated by agriculture: Science of the Total Environment, v. 502, p. 80-90, doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.08.114.

Battaglin, W.A., Smalling, K.L., Anderson, C., Calhoun, D., Chestnut, T., and Muths, E., 2016, Potential interactions among disease, pesticides, water quality and adjacent land cover in amphibian habitats in the United States: Science of the Total Environment, v. 566-567, p. 320-332, doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.05.062.

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