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Hidden Crop Pest Threatens Poorer Nations
2014-02-11 15:34:01

The abundance of crop pests in developing countries may be greatly underestimated, posing a significant threat to some of the world's most important food producing nations, according to research led by the University of Exeter.

2014-02-11 12:22:40

DUBLIN, February 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/n6kvf2/biocides_market) has announced the addition of the "Biocides

Is It Better To Be Social Or Stinky In Thwarting A Predatory Attack?
2014-02-11 05:59:04

Skunks do it best when halting a predator in its tracks, unleashing a noxious stream of urine that can send the most lethal of hunters in the opposite direction. Other animals of the same group tend to rely on strong social bonds to thwart impending attacks.

Microcosm Of Biodiversity In New Plant Species
2014-02-10 10:21:53

Biologists working in the Andes mountains of Ecuador have described a new plant species, a wild relative of black pepper, that is in itself a mini biodiversity hotspot.

Study Finds Market Forces Influence The Value Of Bat-provided Services
2014-02-04 10:21:10

Services provided by Mother Nature, such as pest control from insect-eating bats, are affected by market forces like most anything else in the economy, a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, study finds.

Wasps Used To Fight Citrus Greening Disease Are Unlikely To Threaten Non-target Insects
2014-02-04 08:35:10

In August 2008 the Asian citrus psyllid (Diaphorina citri), an invasive insect known to spread citrus greening disease (huanglongbing), which can be lethal to citrus trees, was detected in southern California.

Genetically Modified Bt Crops Do Not Affect Non-Targeted Insects And Nematode Worms
2014-02-03 09:16:55

Two new studies have found that some genetically modified Bt crops have little or no effect on non-targeted insects and nematode worms.

Active Nightlife Of Birds Driven By Desire To Reproduce
2014-01-23 10:04:09

For a non-nocturnal bird, the yellow-breasted chat spends a significant amount of time visiting other birds' territories during the night.

2014-01-20 04:20:17

DUBLIN, January 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/6lnwqj/asiapacific_crop) has announced the addition of the "2013

2014-01-16 23:29:35

Jon Martin, of San Luis Obispo, has joined Westbridge Agricultural Products as its newest regional sales representative.


Latest Biological pest control Reference Libraries

Cover Crop
2013-03-15 11:18:24

Image Caption: Painter of the burial chamber of Sennedjem. A Plowing Farmer. Credit: Yorck Project/Wikipedia Cover crops are crops that are planted to improve the quality of the soil, also known as green manure. Cover crops add fertility to the soil, control weeds and pests as well as control diseases that can be otherwise found in untreated soil. Cover crops increases the organic matter levels in the soil which only enhances the structure of the soil as well as increase the capacity for...

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2005-09-09 07:49:22

PHOTO CAPTION: The common asparagus beetle Crioceris asparagi is an important pest of asparagus crops. Photo by Keith Edkins 2003 The Common Asparagus Beetle (Crioceris asparagi) is an chief pest of Asparagus crops both in Europe and in North America; asparagus is its only food plant. The adult beetles and the larvae strip the needle-like leaves off the asparagus fronds which deprives the plants of the ability to build food reserves for future years. They also damage the shoots, thereby...

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2005-09-08 12:23:38

PHOTO CAPTION: Eriothrix rufomaculata (Photo taken by Keith Edkins) The tachinid flies (family Tachinidae) are by far the largest and most important group of insect parasitic flies, with over 1300 species in North America. It is a diverse group with some resembling drab houseflies and others brilliantly colored. All species are parasitic in the larval stage, and many are important natural enemies of major pests. Many species of tachinids have been introduced into North America from...

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2005-09-08 11:25:28

Flower-flies (also known as hover-flies) are a family of flies (Diptera), with the scientific name of "Syrphidae". As their names suggests, they are most often seen around flowers. The adults feed mainly on nectar and pollen, while the larvae (maggots) eat a wide range of foods. In certain species, the larvae are saprophytes, eating decaying plant and animal matter in the soil or in ponds and streams. In others, the larvae are insectivores and prey on aphids, thrips, and other...

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2005-09-07 20:31:53

The Japanese Beetle (Popillia japonica) is a beetle about 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) long and 0.4 inches (1 cm) wide (smaller in Canada), with shiny copper-colored elytra and a shiny green top of the thorax and head. Although it is not very destructive in Japan, where it is controlled by natural enemies, in America it is a serious pest to rose bushes and other plants. It is a weak flyer and drops several centimeters when it hits a wall. Japanese Beetle traps therefore consist of a pair of crossed...

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Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.