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2011-02-16 06:50:00

BRANDON, Fla., Feb. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Over the past few years, neem oil has become one of the most highly recommended pesticides in Florida because it controls pests without harming most beneficial insects. The rest of the story is that nearly all neem oil sold in the U.S. as a pesticide has actually been a "clarified" extract of neem oil. That means the azadirachtin -- generally considered to be the single most important insect-repelling compound in neem -- has been removed. Last...

2010-11-03 06:40:00

BRANDON, Fla., Nov. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The nation's first full-spectrum 100% neem oil approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency and available on retail shelves will be distributed in Florida by Brandon-based Neem Tree Farms. "This is a major step forward for organic growers as well as people who are concerned about minimizing their impact on the environment," said Vicki Parsons, CEO of Neem Tree Farms. "Before NimBioSys(TM) Neem Oil Biological Insecticide, you could buy...

2010-10-27 20:28:30

Tobacco, used on a small scale as a natural organic pesticide for hundreds of years, is getting new scientific attention as a potential mass-produced alternative to traditional commercial pesticides. That's the topic of a report in ACS' bi-weekly journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. Cedric Briens and colleagues note that concerns about the health risks of tobacco have reduced demand and hurt tobacco farmers in some parts of the world. Scientists are looking for new uses...

2010-10-27 13:58:39

Press release from PLoS Medicine Current WHO pesticide classifications are based on toxicity in rats but basing regulation on human toxicity will make pesticide poisoning less hazardous and prevent hundreds of thousands of deaths globally without compromising agricultural needs. These are the key findings from a study by Andrew Dawson (South Asian Clinical Toxicology Research Collaboration, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka) and colleagues published in this week's PLoS Medicine. The single...

2010-09-23 13:26:58

A new technique pioneered at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) is improving the detection and monitoring of insecticide resistance in field populations of an important malaria-carrying mosquito. Researchers at LSTM, led by Dr Charles Wondji have developed a new technique which encourages the female Anopheles funestus mosquitoes to lay eggs which are then reared into adult mosquitoes to provide sufficient numbers to determine levels of insecticide resistance and to characterize the...

2010-09-14 06:30:00

DAVIS, Calif., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI) announces the submission of a new bioinsecticide to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This submission is the fourth new product to be submitted to the EPA by MBI since December 2008. Other products pending approval include an invasive mussel control product for waterways called Zequanox(TM), a new microbial insecticide for control of sucking insects and beetle pests, and a new microbial herbicide for...

2010-07-23 13:17:00

PHILADELPHIA, July 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reinstate import tolerances for carbofuran for rice, bananas, coffee and sugar cane. Although the court did not endorse EPA's views on the safety of carbofuran, for procedural reasons it did not overturn the agency's decision to deny an administrative hearing regarding revocation of domestic tolerances. FMC Corporation, the U.S....

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2010-03-29 10:05:00

A federal survey conducted during the fall of 2009 has predicted that 48 million acres of land in Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming will fall victim to a major infestation of grasshoppers over the upcoming summer. Farmers in the areas predicted to be hardest hit are preparing for a battle that will see the use of millions of dollars of aerial insecticide in an attempt to stave off millions of dollars of damage to corn, barley, soy beans, and other crops caused by the hordes...

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2010-02-03 07:30:00

Pyrethroids, among the most widely-used home pesticides, are winding up in California rivers at levels toxic to some stream-dwellers, possibly endangering the food supply of fish and other aquatic animals, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and Southern Illinois University (SIU). Pyrethroid insecticides, commonly used in California to kill ants and other insect pests around the home, have been found in street runoff and in the outflow from...

2010-01-05 21:03:10

Knowing when and where to spray is as important as what to spray A Texas AgriLife Research entomologist in Lubbock is trying to determine the best management practices to reduce a potato crop's risk to zebra chip, a disease that discolors the potato and causes discounts to the producer. Dr. Christian Nansen is part of a multi-disciplinary team that is examining a variety of factors, including insecticides, spray applications, performance, farming practices and potato plant attractiveness. To...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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