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Natural seed treatment could drastically cut pesticide use

.... Early trials at Lancaster University saw promising results when researchers treated the seeds of tomato plants, sweet pepper and maize. Red spider mite attack on tomato plants was down by 80 per cent, aphid attack on sweet peppers cut by 70 per cent and caterpillar damage to maize was reduced by 38 pe...

Alzheimer's, asthma, cancer, malaria and TB focus of new Singapore grants

...60-70% of allergy cases in Singapore, including asthma, allergic rhinitis and eczema. Optimizing the potency of a genetic vaccine against the dust mite will be the focus of her second grant, while the third project will be directed at creating a modified or "recombinant" protein to foster immunity aga...

Symposia selected for Entomological Society of America meeting

...Insects to Low Temperature Evolutionary Arms Race of Resistance in Herbivores to Novel Chemistries: Lessons from Native and Agricultural Systems mite Invasions: Learning from the Invaders The Quiet Revolution: Facilitating International, Holistic, Service Learning on Toxicologic, Physiologic Iss...

Earth's highest known microbial systems fueled by volcanic gases

...ng analysis of soil samples collected during an expedition to Socompa several years ago. The research team also reported a new variety of microscopic mite in the bacterial colonies near Socompa's rim, which appears to be the highest elevation that mites have ever been recorded on Earth, Schmidt said. ...

Cross kingdom conflicts on a beetle's back

... Conflict: Unbeknownst to mother pine beetle, the mite has snuck in a supply of Ophiostoma minus, a patho...e out the entire supply of fungal larvae food. The mite releases this toxin. Climax: Will the baby bee...les die of starvation? Resolution: Catching the mite off guardas well as the scientists conducting the ...

The Clorox Company's new indoor allergen product reduces common indoor allergens up to 90 percent

...me. Clorox® Anywhere® Anti-Allergen Fabric Spray denatures dust mite matter and pet dander by up to 90 percent. While most indoor allergen spra...e® Anti-Allergen Fabric Spray chemically breaks apart or denatures dust mite matter and pet dander allergens by altering the structure of the allergen p...

Entomological Society of America names new Fellows for 2008

...eer contributions to agriculture. Zalom's research and extension activities focus on developing alternatives to conventional pesticides for insect and mite pests of fruit, nut, and vegetable crops, and on mitigating pesticide movement into surface waters. He has authored over 260 journal articles and book...

Pesticide build-up could lead to poor honey bee health

...ound lower levels of 70 other pesticides and metabolites of those pesticides in pollen and bees. "Everyone figured that the acaricides (anti-varroa mite chemicals) would be present in the wax because the wax is reprocessed to form the structure of the hives," says Maryann Frazier, senior extension asso...

Consumption of nut products during pregnancy linked to increased asthma in children

...earch on the topic, however, has been contradictory and inconclusive Nearly 4,000 expectant mothers from the Prevention and Incidence of Asthma and mite Allergy study conducted by the Dutch government completed a dietary questionnaire that asked how often they consumed vegetables, fresh fruit, fish, eg...

Bee disease a mystery

... bees and to their developing brood by a parasitic mite called Varroa destructor when it feeds. However, r...s widely accepted that the virus replicates in the mite and is then transmitted to bees when it bites. How...know exactly how these viruses are passed from the mite to the bee." The researchers wanted to find out...

Plant reflections may be key to early detection of treatment needs

...he key parameter to control is early detection. When scouting for spider mite infestation, you have to take a lot of samples to see mites when the infest...n of zebra chip in potatoes and cotton root rot, and also looking at spider mite stress on corn plants, Nansen said. Were developing technology that we hope...

Handbook of small grain insects available now

...neficial arthropods. It begins with introductory chapters discussing management tactics specifically related to small grain production. The insect and mite pests that attack small grains are organized in sections covering: scientific classifications, origin and distribution, description (aids in identific...

Snoring in children might be an allergic type disease

...wn from participants in the Australian Childhood Asthma Prevention Study (CAPS) – a randomised controlled trial of dietary intervention and house dust mite avoidance during the first five years of life. 219 children within the original study group had rhinitis and of these, 213 could provide informat...

Warning from Asian bees

... cleared of carrying the dreaded Varroa destructor mite but the intruders themselves could pose the beginn...erana) are capable of carrying two types of Varroa mite – destructor and jacobsoni; the latter would not t...ht now in the tri-State region.” Since varroa mite and other bee diseases hit America and wiped out h...

Hives ferment a yeasty brew, attract beetle pest

...gainst the beetle," says Tumlinson. Honeybees in the U.S. and Europe have been suffering from a variety of invaders and ailments including varroa mite infestations, fungal infections and beetles. Recently, beekeepers in the U.S. reported occurrences of Colony Collapse Disorder, a syndrome where hives...

More than drought affecting wheat yields

...uncontrolled through the summer. The wheat curl mite over-summered on this "green bridge" and moved int...s summer will be key to controlling the wheat curl mite that vectors the disease, Allen said. Rush and ... don't have a good understanding of the wheat curl mite and its ecology," Rush said. "It holds on some gra...

Beekeepers work hard for the honey, despite changing tupelo forest

...orest. Exotic pests are taking their toll, and beekeepers throughout Florida are losing between 30 percent and 50 percent of their bee colonies to mite and beetle infestations. But the challenges facing beekeepers in Wewahitchka are as much political and economic as they are ecological, and it's t...

Pillows - a hot bed of fungal spores

...p walls and in showers were also found. Professor Ashley Woodcock who led the research said: "We know that pillows are inhabited by the house dust mite which eats fungi, and one theory is that the fungi are in turn using the house dust mites' faeces as a major source of nitrogen and nutrition (along w...

Hanging baskets of sex and death help fruit growers

... themselves spread the virus in a very targeted way to other moths and prevents loss of populations of other beneficial insects such as the red spider mite which would occur if growers used pesticides. Extended virus life - The virus does not fare well in direct sunlight. Growers who currently spray th...

Bee mites suppress bee immunity, open door for viruses and bacteria

... A non-native bee mite is causing the dramatic and sudden collapse of bee...mune system by the mites. The Varroa destructor mite is a honey bee parasite that feeds much like a tic...color and visible on close inspection. This bee mite probably arose in the Eastern or Chinese Honey Bee...
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