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Biologists Dig In The Dirt For Soil Microbes
2013-01-03 18:59:36

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Understanding biological diversity has been the key to learning how ecosystems around the world function in a sustainable manner. A team of American and Australian scientists has taken this philosophy and applied it to a section of the ecosystem that has largely been ignored, the microbial communities that lie just below our feet. “We´ve been walking around on soil since the beginning of time and never really knew...

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2010-01-15 11:51:04

Microscopic nematode worms can be a potent organic insecticide, killing crop-raiding bugs without harming plants or beneficial insects and without the environmental side effects of chemicals. But when the worms are mass-bred for agricultural purposes, they tend to, as Byron Adams says, "wimp out," and are not as deadly as their cousins that grow in the wild. The Brigham Young University biology professor and his students analyzed the genetic changes in lab-raised worms that make them less...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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