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Fungal-farming Beetle Threatening Avocado Crops
2013-07-18 13:04:01

Penn State Beetles with unusual "green thumbs" for growing fungi are threatening avocado crops and could transform into a more destructive pest, according to an international team of researchers. Ambrosia beetles are insects that bore into trees and cultivate fungi to use as a food source for their young. The fungi -- species of Fusarium -- carried by types of the Ambrosia beetle can damage or even kill trees, making the beetle and its fungi a threat to avocado production in the U.S....

2013-02-20 08:31:24

SOUTHPORT, England, February 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Every year gardeners and grounds keepers face a challenge to keep green spaces in perfect condition because of the drop in temperature and the threat of snow over winter. However, this winter experts like the team at Q Lawns [http://www.qlawns.co.uk ] are urging people to be even more vigilant in order to avoid a repeat of the lawn diseases seen in 2010. In 2010 lawns and green spaces up and down the country were...

2012-12-11 04:21:47

SOUTHPORT, England, December 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Forecasters are predicting considerable snowfall over the next few weeks and this is particularly bad news for gardeners and grounds keepers. Perhaps the main concern for those maintaining lawn areas and gardens is the increased likelihood of disease affecting turf. This is something the team at Turfonline [http://www.turfonline.co.uk ] are keen to help people try and avoid. The particular disease that...

Crop Killing Fungi
2012-10-19 05:11:14

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An enormous international team of experts, almost 500 members strong, has developed a ranking system of the ten most important phytopathogenic fungi on a scientific and economic level. Topping the list is the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae. A survey conducted among the researchers resulted in a list of the most important phytopathogenic fungi, with each researcher choosing three that he or she thought most significant. The...

barley genome key to better beer
2012-10-18 04:57:32

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Imagine a hot summer day, sitting in the cheap seats at your favorite baseball park. You have your hot dog, your giant foam finger, and a beer. Does life get any better than this? Can scientists build a better beer? An international consortium of scientists believes so, and they have been mapping the genome of barley to help produce new and better varieties, vital for the beer and whiskey industries. Their results have been published...

2012-07-02 02:25:13

MILFORD, Mass., July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT) today announced that VICAM®, a Waters® Business, introduced the DON-NIV(TM) WB Immunoaffinity (IA) column, the only IA column on the market to simultaneously screen for deoxynivalenol (DON) and nivalenol (NIV). Coupled with liquid chromatography analysis, the DON-NIV WB column provides over 90% recovery of both DON and NIV and doubles the productivity of commercial, government, and food safety research...

Beetle-Fungus Disease Threatens Crops And Landscape Trees In Southern California
2012-05-08 13:57:28

'Fusarium dieback' severely damaged avocados in Israel, says UC Riverside plant pathologist Akif Eskalen, who identified the fungus A plant pathologist at the University of California, Riverside has identified a fungus that has been linked to the branch dieback and general decline of several backyard avocado and landscape trees in residential neighborhoods of Los Angeles County. The fungus is a new species of Fusarium . Scientists are working on characterizing its specific...

2012-03-30 06:23:10

MILFORD, Mass., March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT) today announced VICAM®, a Waters(®) Business, introduced the Fumo-V(TM) strip test, the newest member of its quantitative strip test family. Designed to work with the portable Vertu(TM) Lateral Flow Reader, Fumo-V uses the proven sensitivity and selectivity of VICAM's monoclonal antibodies to accurately detect and measure fumonisin B1, B2, and B3 (mycotoxins derived from fusarium) at levels as low as 0.2...

What's That Lurking In Your Bathroom Sink?
2011-12-22 04:53:55

A study examining the prevalence of the fungus Fusarium in bathroom sink drains suggests that plumbing systems may be a common source of human infections. In the first extensive survey of its kind, researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences sampled nearly 500 sink drains from 131 buildings -- businesses, homes, university dormitories and public facilities -- in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and California. They...

2011-12-21 13:05:19

From improving food security to their use as biotechnology power horses, Trichoderma fungi are increasingly being exploited by industry. Current advances in the field are brought together and highlighted in a special issue of Microbiology published online on 27 December. Trichoderma are free-living fungi widely used in agricultural biotechnology. Some species of Trichoderma are specifically used as biocontrol agents to control plant pathogens including Fusarium species. Their success is...