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2013-07-23 15:37:39

A benign crystal protein, produced naturally by bacteria and used as an organic pesticide, could be a safe, inexpensive treatment for parasitic worms in humans and provide effective relief to over a billion people around the world. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, report on this potentially promising solution in a study published ahead of print in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Hookworms, and other intestinal parasites known as...

Human-driven Change Good For Parasites But Bad For Birds In Argentine Forests
2013-07-16 14:23:56

Wildlife Conservation Society A new report by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Disease Ecology Laboratory of Instituto de Ciencias Veterinarias del Litoral, Argentina (ICIVET LITORAL, UNL-CONICET) shows that increases in precipitation and changes in vegetative structure in Argentine forests -- factors driven by climate change and deforestation in the region -- are leading to increased parasitism of young nesting birds by fly larvae (botflies) of the species Philornis...

2013-07-12 23:03:16

A New Jersey-based pest control company has gone green with its pest control services. Tinton Falls, New Jersey (PRWEB) July 12, 2013 Officials with Alliance Commercial Pest Control (http://www.alliancepestservices.com) announced today that it now provides green pest control services. “At Alliance, our entire team is always looking for new ways to provide the best services to our clients to the least amount of impact to the environment,” said R. Brett Madden, Esq., spokesman for...

Noise Of Passing Ships Disrupts Feeding For The Common Shore Crab
2013-07-11 12:23:52

University of Exeter A study published in the journal Animal Behaviour found that the noise of passing ships disrupts feeding for the common shore crab. Perhaps worse, the team from the Universities of Exeter and Bristol also found that when threatened, crabs took longer to retreat to shelter and lost their natural 'play dead' behavior. In coastal seas around the world noise caused by humans is a dominant feature, with construction and transportation fundamentally modifying ocean...

2013-06-26 12:25:23

PARSIPPANY, N.J., June 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Considerably reshaped by pending regulations, and despite persistent eurozone economic uncertainty, the specialty biocides market in Europe is expected to grow by 2.1% over the next five years, according to Kline's recently published Specialty Biocides: Regional Market Analysis. While several segments in the U.S. specialty biocides market are likely to see over 6% volume CAGR, China and India - albeit growing from smaller bases - hold...

Feeding Winter Birds Not Helpful
2013-06-24 14:36:31

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Freezing temperatures and a layer of snow may make us feel sorry for any birds that remain up north during the winter months, but a new study in the journal Scientific Reports has found feeding these birds may not convey any benefits with respect to breeding. A three-year study that was conducted across nine woodland sites in the United Kingdom by researchers at the University of Exeter and the British Trust for Ornithology found...

2013-06-18 23:26:03

Terramera Partners with Hydrex to Help Community Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) June 18, 2013 Terramera, a pioneer in developing effective and safe biopesticide products for pest management, today announced that it partnered with Hydrex Pest Control to provide pest control services for a nonprofit, transitional living center for the homeless, The Kingdom Center (TKC). Alex McCarty, Site Manager for TKC said, “ I was thrilled with the service and the results from the treatment in January. The...

2013-06-18 23:16:46

NOAA is predicting an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. As communities prepare for heavy rain and strong winds, Western Pest Services is advising homeowners to plan for another threat that comes with these storms — increased pest pressures. PARSIPPANY, N.J. (PRWEB) June 18, 2013 As many states along the East Coast prepare for hurricane season, experts from Western Pest Services, a New Jersey-based pest control company with branches throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast...

Effects Of Predators On Carbon Cycle
2013-06-18 09:44:57

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The predator-prey relationship can affect the flow of carbon through an ecosystem, according to a new study from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. The findings, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, may offer a new way of looking at biodiversity management and carbon storage for climate change. The study examines the relationship between grasshoppers (herbivores) and spiders (predators)...

Evolution Fights Back Bioengineered Crops
2013-06-11 09:04:31

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Since 1996, farmers across the globe have planted more than a billion acres of genetically modified corn and cotton that have been engineered to produce insecticidal proteins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt for short. Organic farmers used Bt proteins in sprays for decades to kill a number of devastating pests because the proteins are considered environmentally friendly and harmless to humans. Some scientists, however,...


Latest Biological pest control Reference Libraries

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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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