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Invasive Ladybugs Use Biological Warfare On Native Species
2013-05-17 14:49:56

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online German researchers have uncovered another cautionary tale about the importation of a species that quickly becomes an invasive threat. Introduced to Europe and North America for the purpose of controlling pesky greenhouse aphids, the Asian lady beetle escaped into the ecosystem and quickly dominated the local ladybug population. According to a new report in the journal Science, the aggressive ladybug´s dominance is being assisted...

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2009-06-05 07:22:10

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have sequenced the genome of a parasite that can kill honey bees. Nosema ceranae is one of many pathogens suspected of contributing to the current bee population decline, termed colony collapse disorder (CCD). Researchers describe the parasite's genome in a study published June 5 in the open-access journal PLoS Pathogens. In 2006, CCD began devastating commercial beekeeping operations, with some beekeepers reporting losses of up to 90 percent,...

2009-04-14 13:50:44

For the first time, scientists have isolated the parasite Nosema ceranae (Microsporidia) from professional apiaries suffering from honey bee colony depopulation syndrome. They then went on to treat the infection with complete success. In a study published in the new journal from the Society for Applied Microbiology: Environmental Microbiology Reports, scientists from Spain analyzed two apiaries and found evidence of honey bee colony depopulation syndrome (also known as colony collapse...

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2008-12-09 09:25:00

An international team of biologists has discovered a new species of microsporidia, a single-celled parasite of animals, in a roundworm used in genetic laboratories around the world. The discovery, detailed in the current issue of the journal PLoS Biology, is a breakthrough for public health researchers who until now had been looking for a suitable laboratory model in which to study microsporidia"”a class of emerging pathogens that can cause significant illness in humans. "Microsporidia...


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