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2011-03-03 00:00:28

Envera announced today that it acquired Bio-Blast, the first biological termaticide approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, from Agro Power Development, Inc. Coatesville, PA (Vocus/PRWEB) March 02, 2011 Envera announced today that it acquired Bio-Blast, the first biological termaticide approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The microorganism, the EPA registration, all supporting research and data, as well as trademarks, were purchased for...

2011-03-02 21:30:26

Four new Brazilian species in the genus Ophiocordyceps have been published in the online journal PLoS ONE. The fungi, named by Dr. Harry Evans and Dr. David Hughes, belong to a group of "zombifying" fungi that infect ants and then manipulate their behavior, eventually killing the ants after securing a prime location for spore dispersal. These results appear in a paper by Evans et al. entitled Hidden Diversity Behind the Zombie-Ant Fungus Ophiocordyceps unilateralis: Four New Species Described...

2011-03-02 16:54:03

Researchers have come closer to understanding how a common fungus "makes its living in the soil," which could lead to its possible "career change" as a therapeutic agent for plant and human health. That's according to Dr. Charles Kenerley, Texas AgriLife Research plant pathologist, and a team of scientists from the U.S., India and France, whose study on Trichoderma virens is in February's Journal of Biological Chemistry. T. virens already enjoy a good reputation in the plant world. The fungi...

2011-02-11 19:39:16

Leafcutter ants, signature denizens of New World tropical forests, are unique in their ability to harvest fresh leaves to cultivate a nutrient-rich fungus as food. Now, this mutualism -- a complicated interplay of ants, fungi and a suite of bacteria -- is coming into sharper focus as a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has published the complete genome of the leafcutter ant, Atta cephalotes. The study, published today (Feb. 10, 2011) in the journal Public Library of Science...

2011-02-10 09:33:00

VISTA, Calif., Feb. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- EcoBlu Products, Inc., (OTC Bulletin Board: ECOB) announced today that the company's Patent Pending WoodSurfaceFilm(TM) treatment demonstrated the ability to inhibit the growth of mold and the production of mycotoxins on lumber products. Additionally the WoodSurfaceFilm(TM) treatment has exhibited extreme efficacy in eradicating, both short and long term, existing mold and mycotoxin poisons on lumber substrates. ECOB began working with...

2011-02-07 13:43:39

Since the days of Darwin, the "tree of life" has been the preeminent metaphor for the process of evolution, reflecting the gradual branching and changing of individual species. The discovery that a large cluster of genes appears to have jumped directly from one species of fungus to another, however, significantly strengthens the argument that a different metaphor, such as a mosaic, may be more appropriate. "The fungi are telling us something important about evolution "¦ something we...

2011-02-07 07:00:00

LONDON, NEW YORK and HAMILTON, Bermuda, Feb. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Celtic Pharmaceutical Holdings L.P. ("Celtic Pharma"), the global private equity firm focused on the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, announced today the presentation of key in-vitro data at the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) 69th annual meeting in New Orleans (4-8 February, 2011) for TDT 067, terbinafine in Transfersomes®, for the topical treatment of onychomycosis (also known as a...

2011-01-24 18:23:29

The success of a fungal pathogen in becoming a persistent and opportunistic source of infection in human beings may be due to a mating strategy that can best be described as "don't be too choosy." A new Brown University study finds that Candida albicans will respond to the pheromones of several different species, not just its own, and if an opposite-sex partner isn't around, it can switch over to same-sex mating. In affairs of DNA exchange "” for the yeast has no heart "” Candida...

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2011-01-20 06:42:08

A species of amoeba -- Dictyostelium discoideum -- has shown primitive farming behavior as it travels along, according to a new study. In results of the study, reported Jan. 19 in the journal Nature, evolutionary biologists Joan Strassmann and David Queller of Rice University show that the social amoebae (commonly known as slime molds) increase their odds of survival through a rudimentary form of agriculture. Research by lead author Debra Brock, a graduate at Rice, found that some amoebae...

2010-12-30 14:21:23

Results help predict tree failures, estimate damage from diseased trees Landscape trees, valued for their aesthetic nature and their environmental benefits, are becomingly increasingly valuable in urban environments. A single mature tree can add considerable value to commercial and residential properties. Conversely, tree mortality can result in significant economic losses. Urban trees must endure adverse growing conditions that reduce their structural strength and subject them to stresses,...


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2005-09-07 18:11:11

Leafcutter ants are found in warmer regions of Central and South America. These remarkable social insects have evolved an advanced agricultural system. They feed on a specialized fungus that grows only in the underground chambers of the ants' nest. The ants actively cultivate their fungus, feeding it with freshly-cut vegetation and maintaining it free from pests and weeds. This is done by a symbiotic relationship with a colony of bacteria that grows on the ants that protect the fungus. The...

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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.