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2010-06-23 07:51:11

Avocado seed moth could devastate California's avocados, warns Mark Hoddle, currently on a field trip in Peru California's avocado industry is worth more than $320 million annually, and has about 6,000 growers farming more than 6,000 acres of land. Indeed, California grows nearly 95 percent of the country's avocados. University of California, Riverside entomologist Mark Hoddle is in Peru until the end of July 2010 to look for known avocado pests, in particular, the avocado seed moth, Stenoma...

2010-04-22 16:30:03

RIVERSIDE, Calif. "“ The Galapagos Islands, made famous by Charles Darwin, have a unique biota now highly threatened by invasive species because of increased tourism and population growth. Indeed, alien or exotic insects today constitute 23 percent of the Galapagos insect fauna. One of these insect invaders is the cottony cushion scale, a sap sucking bug native to Australia. Capable of infesting many woody ornamentals and crops, the cottony cushion scale decreases the vitality of its...

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2008-03-14 12:00:06

Biological control decimates glassy-winged sharpshooter populations in French Polynesian islands RIVERSIDE, Calif. "“ A research team led by Mark Hoddle, a biological control specialist at UC Riverside, has nearly eradicated the glassy-winged sharpshooter, a major agricultural pest, from the island of Tahiti and several other French Polynesian islands in the South Pacific Ocean. To achieve total pest suppression, the researchers used biological control, an inexpensive method that...


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.