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Controversial professor to visit Eugene

October 23, 2014

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A controversial professor will be in Lane County to talk about herbicides.

Tyrone Hayes is a professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley. He’s a favorite of anti-herbicide activists because of his research on atrazine, a widely used herbicide that Hayes says damages the sexual functions of frogs.

Hayes advocates banning the chemical.

Atrazine is used in the United States to kill weeds in crops, mostly in corn. The federal government says current use restrictions are enough to prevent harm to people.

The Register-Guard reports (http://is.gd/pQqW3I ) Hayes will be the guest speaker at a City Club of Eugene event on Friday before heading to a conference at the University of Oregon.

On Saturday, Hayes will travel with other environmental activists to Triangle Lake to talk with residents about their long-running dispute with timber companies regarding aerial spraying of herbicides for weed suppression.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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