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The yellow meadow ant, Lasius flavus, farms root aphids for sugar (honeydew) and nitrogen (protein).
With the extended statewide dry spell, researchers at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde and elsewhere have been focusing their attention on improving varieties of more drought-tolerant crops, particularly melons.
Sites of origin and regions of domestication of many of our most important cultivated plants are still unknown.
A Dutch produce company said it expects Pepquino melons, which are just over an inch in length, to become the newest dining fad in London. Koppert Cress said the bite-size melons, which grow naturally in South America and are cultivated by the company in greenhouses, have been ordered by a handful of markets in London and across Britain but the majority of the melons are bound for restaurants, the Daily Mail reported Wednesday. Demand for the melons has so far come from the restaurant and...
By Sid Mullis Today I want to discuss a couple of problems you may be experiencing in your landscape. Sooty mold can be bad this time of year. The black, sooty fungus can be on a variety of ornamental plants such as crape myrtles and gardenias.
Aphids are emerging as sentinels of climate change, researchers at BBSRC-supported Rothamsted Research have shown.
Aphids or greenfly, plant lice (superfamily Aphidoidea) are small plant-feeding insects (1 to 10 mm). Of the 4,000 species of known aphids (distributed in 10 families), around 250 are serious pests for agriculture and forestry as well as an annoyance for gardeners. Natural predators include ladybirds, hoverfly larvae and lacewings. Aphids have two compound eyes and two ocular tubercles made up of 3 lenses, each of which is located behind and above the compound eyes. They have 2 tarsal...