August 30, 2013
Researchers at Kansas State University (KSU) have located natalisin, a neuropeptide that regulates sexual activity and reproductivity in insects.
The KSU team identified the short chain of amino acids in the brain of insects and arthropods that are assumed will perfect pesticides and creates an environmentally friendly answer to pest control.
Yoonseong Park, professor of entomology at KSU explained : “Natalisin, a tachykinin-like signaling system, regulates sexual activity and fecundity in insects.”
Natalisin are part of a system of neurotransmitters that use chemicals to relay messages throughout the body.
Park said: “Natalisin is unique to insects and arthropods and has evolved with them. It appears to be related to a neuropeptide called tachykinin that is in mammals and invertebrates. While tachykinin is involved with various biological processes, including the control of blood flow in mammals, natalisin is linked to reproductive function and mating behavior in insects and arthropods.”
As studied in fruit flies, natalisin can be found in 3 to 4 pairs of neurons in the insect’s brain.
Using RNA interference (RNAi), Prk’s team observed how natalisin could be silence or made unusable. In the absence, the brain would not have the literal ability to communicate to the body with regard to reproduction.
Interest in mating was dramatically reduced.
Park stated: “For example, we saw that knocking out the natalisin in the fruit fly makes them unable to mate. The female is too busy grooming her body for the male to approach her. The male doesn’t send a strong enough signal to the female to get her attention. We’re not sure if that’s because the male can’t really smell her or because he is not developed enough to signal her.”
For use in the pesticide industry, Park’s research is expected to revolutionize current capabilities. The assumption is that this product would be made safe for exposure to animals, plants and humans.
Famously, Monsanto’s Round Ready pesticide has been shown to cause sterility in humans.
In one study , the chemical caused test subjects to have measurably lowered testosterone concentrations; by as much as 35 percent because of the endocrine disrupting properties of the glyphosate-based herbicide.
Don Huber, professor at Purdue University (PU) told Tom Vislack, secretary of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) that glyphosate “could be contributing to spontaneous abortions and infertility in pigs, cattle and other livestock.”
Currently, a surprising 750 products contain glyphosates.
Under the former Bush administration, the courts found that the USDA acted illegally when they approved Roundup ready for consumer consumption.
The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013 contains a provision in Section 735 that allows Monsanto to promote and plant genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered (GE) seeds, free from any judicial litigation that might decide the crops are unsafe.
Also known as the Monsanto Protection Act (MPA), this provision protects Monsanto; even from a judicial review over whether or not GMOs are safe for public consumption.
Essentially, the USDA will approve all Monsanto GE seeds regardless of the protection of public health.
A study published regarding Roundup Ready showed that “glyphosate multiplies the growth or proliferation of breast cancer cells by a staggering 500 to 1300 %, occurring at even minuscule amounts in the parts per trillion.”
In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are reporting that as of 2011, fertility rates have declined among women younger than thirty-five. The overall birth rate for the US is the lowest it’s been in recorded history.
With current fertility rates falling to an estimated 0.7%, there will be a 30% reduction in population with the next generation. Globally, there is a real decline in births that results in a below-replacement rate in nearly every nation.
According to a recent study from researchers at Stanford University of Medicine (SUM), while 15 to 45 percent of men in the US are deemed infertile, there is a bigger risk to consider – cancer.
Their study has concluded that there is a viable connection between testicular cancer and male infertility.