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Spider Venom Could Yield Eco-Friendly Insecticides

... be possible to use them to create environmentally friendly insecticides. Insect pests destroy about 25 percent of the world's crops each year, despite the extensive application of chemical insecticides since World War II. The initial effectiveness of DDT in agricultural use and malaria eradication programs ...

Marine sponge yields nanoscale secrets

...silica at a low temperature, in an environmentally friendly way without the use of caustic chemicals, whereas man must use very high temperatures, high vacuums, and dangerous chemicals requiring costly remediation. Although the reported research marks an important step forward, Morse believes that the use of...

Stealth Worms May Improve Insect Pest Control

...gical control alternatives is more environmentally friendly than importing other pest control agents." Known as entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN), the juvenile stage of these tiny worms travels with bacteria in its intestine that specifically kill certain insect species. Nematodes in the family Steinernematid...

Scientists find viruses can't stick to sea bugs in the dark

...rolling cyanobacteria blooms in an environmentally friendly way, by using these natural viruses. ...

Grass makes environmentally friendly biofuel

...l is economical, energy-efficient, environmentally friendly and sustainable, says a Cornell University forage crop expert. This alternative fuel easily could be produced and pelleted by farmers and burned in modified stoves built to burn wood pellets or corn, says Jerry Cherney, the E.V. Baker Professor of A...

Green catalyst destroys pesticides and munitions toxins, finds Carnegie Mellon University

... "We found an efficient, rapid and environmentally friendly means of completely destroying these compounds," said Chanda, who works in the laboratory of Terrence Collins, the Thomas Lord Professor of Chemistry and director of the Institute for Green Oxidation Chemistry at the Mellon College of Science (MCS) a...

Microreactor efficiently regenerates cofactors for biocatalysis

... synthesis through inexpensive and environmentally friendly biocatalytic processes. Now, a team of researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Universite Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, France, has developed a microreactor that efficiently regenerates cofactors through enzyme-catalyzed...

Scientists create digital bacteria to forge advances in biomedical research

...or instance, if you mix a pathogenic strain with a friendly strain, which one is going to win, and with what kind of speed?" ...

Plants discriminate between self and non self

Two peas in a pod may not be so friendly when planted in the ground and even two parts of the same plant, once separated may treat the former conjoined twin as an alien "enemy," according to a Penn State researcher. "We were looking at how plants determine who is a competitor when competin...

Prozac for future Plants on Mars

Two peas in a pod may not be so friendly when planted in the ground and even two parts of the same plant, once separated may treat the former conjoined twin as an alien "enemy," according to a Penn State researcher. "We were looking at how plants determine who is a competitor when competin...

Techniques available to detect soil that inhibits destructive soybean pest

...ve soils is an easily implemented, environmentally friendly weapon in fighting the parasites, which are found worldwide in soybean-producing areas. "Using plants bred to resist pests is not the complete answer, so it's important to find suppressive mechanisms," Westphal said. "Bio-control is much more desira...

The shape of things to come: Morphology database going global

...cial quality software to make the system more user friendly and offer more advanced search techniques, according to project manager David Gaitros of the computer science department. Scientists also will be able to add comments to the images and search comments made by other scientists - a quick and efficient ...

Leading lampreys to slaughter: Pheromone for scourge of Great Lakes identified

...said. Using the pheromone would be environmentally friendly and less expensive. "The GLFC has the goal of controlling lamprey with a new and better technique by 2010. This could be it," said Peter Sorensen, a professor of fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology who led the study with chemistry professo...

Jefferson scientists identify gene defect leading to abnormal skin development and cancer

...said. Using the pheromone would be environmentally friendly and less expensive. "The GLFC has the goal of controlling lamprey with a new and better technique by 2010. This could be it," said Peter Sorensen, a professor of fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology who led the study with chemistry professo...

Honeybee decision-making ability rivals any department committee

...de an open forum of ideas, frank "discussions" and friendly competition, just might help human committees "achieve collective intelligence and thus avoid collective folly," conclude the researchers. Whether the quorum-setting method of aggregating independent opinions could substitute for a democratic vote ...

Berkeley researchers lay groundwork for cell version of DNA chip

...Staudinger ligation has been shown to be both cell friendly and precise, so we exploited the reaction to very specifically link a DNA molecule to the surface of a living cell," said Chandra. "DNA is not normally found on the surfaces of cells, so the ability to deliver the DNA strands, keep them there, and us...

Biofuels can replace about 30 percent of fuel needs with significant research and policy effort

...ontent trees and perennials, novel environmentally friendly biomass extraction technologies, innovative catalysts for the conversion of agriculture and wood residues to bioethanol/diesel and hydrogen, bio-fuel cells and next-generation green plastics and materials prepared from sustainable sources such as pla...

Study reveals mass migration of mormon crickets driven by hunger, fear

...team's findings could lead to more environmentally friendly tactics for controlling large swarms of insects. ...

Friendly bacteria in chewing gum that bites back

...n aggressive acid that breaks down the enamel. The friendly bugs in the gum will make the S. Mutans clump together, preventing them from becoming attached to the tooth surface. Tests reveal that the chewing gum can reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth fifty times. Stefan Marcinowski, executive directo...

Agriculture and tropical conservation: rethinking old ideas

...rmeer said. "That's the kind of agriculture that's friendly to biodiversity, and that's the kind of agriculture that peasant farmers actually do." Vandermeer and Perfecto, a professor of natural resources and environment, visited agroforests in the Pontal de Paranapanema region of Brazil, where landless pea...

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