Pesticide use on tropical crops has increased substantially in recent decades and is threatening biodiversity and ecosystem services. Amphibians and reptiles are common in tropical agricultural landscapes, but few field studies measure pesticide impacts on these taxa.
In Tom's latest paper, we combine 1-year of correlative data with an experimental field approach from Indonesia to show that experimental exposure to herbicides and insecticides eliminated amphibians, whereas reptiles were less impacted by insecticide and not affected by herbicide exposure. We recommend landscape-based Integrated Pest Management and additional ecotoxicological studies on amphibians and reptiles to support development of a regulatory framework especially in Asian countries.
For more information take a look at the publication here.