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2014-07-30 08:24:35

USDA Reports 130,000 Trees Lost to the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) WASHINGTON, July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- It is potentially a nightmare environmental and economic scenario. A devastating invasive pest with no known natural predators threatens recreational areas, forests, and suburban and urban shade trees. The recreation, timber, nursery, and maple syrup industries alone could suffer severe losses. Once a tree is infested, it must be removed....

2014-05-28 08:32:56

ROCKVILLE, Md. and SAN DIEGO, May 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Policy researchers from the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), the University of Virginia, and EMBO today released a report detailing the challenges faced by regulators with the increased use of more sophisticated synthetic biology technologies to engineer plants and microbes and some options for dealing with these challenges. The authors conclude that while the United States governmental agencies tasked with oversight of products...

2014-05-12 12:23:08

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today announced that Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) has been effectively eradicated from an area in Boston, Mass. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20130514/CL13559LOGO "The mission to eliminate this destructive beetle in Boston, combined with various levels of cooperation, has resulted in success," states Osama El-Lissy, APHIS Plant Protection...

2014-04-10 16:21:59

USDA's Campaign Anti-Hero, 'Vin Vasive,' Lends a Creepy Hand in New, Compelling Videos WASHINGTON, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) is calling on the public to help stop the spread of 15 invasive species dubbed "Hungry Pests." These non-native insects, other animals, plants and diseases could devastate America's crops, trees and plants, and are often unknowingly spread through human actions. To help get the word out,...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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