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2014-08-21 23:11:35

Biteback Sports Golf Apparel with Insect Shield® protects against mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers and midges (no-see-ums). Seattle, WA (PRWEB) August 21, 2014 While golfing in Scotland and abroad, Biteback Sports CEO, Stephen Grant, found it hard to stay focused on his game due to the incessant buzzing and biting midges and mosquitoes. The constant whine, slapping and continual need to spray insect repellent became so laborious, he began researching innovative methods to...

2011-10-06 11:11:03

Scientists of the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITG) have developed a molecular technique to easily and dependably identify the biting midges that spread bluetongue disease. Until know this identification was a problem. The technology helps to understand how the disease spreads, and how to control it. They report in the journal Medical and Veterinary Entomology. Bluetongue primarily affects sheep, but also cattle and other ruminants. It is not dangerous to people, but it causes...

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2011-04-04 20:51:58

Microscopic remains of dead Phantom midge larvae (Chaoborus spp.) may explain a few hundred years of history of the living conditions of fish, acidification and fish death in Swedish lakes. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have developed a method of using lake-bottom sediments to show when and how fish life disappeared from acidified lakes "“ invaluable knowledge for lake restorations in acidified regions."It is actually just like a journey through time. Fish hardly...

2010-07-28 14:44:41

Two Illicium species provide warm flower nurseries as a reward to pollinating midges Could a "hot" flower attract pollinators by serving as a reward in a plant-pollinator mutualism? Many flowering plants produce nectar and pollen as rewards in exchange for pollination services by insects and other animals. Interestingly, however, a few plants have flowers that also produce heat metabolically"”so what is the adaptive function of this flower heating? Susanne Renner from the University of...

2010-01-05 14:40:55

'Major and unprecedented' epidemic spread through Europe due to climate change Scientists from the Institute for Animal Health, Pirbright, UK Met Office and the Jersey State Veterinary Service and Jersey Meteorological Department, are working together on an early-warning system to help defend cattle against the spread of 'bluetongue' disease, reveals a study published today in Weather. The team is fusing meteorological data with ecological information to anticipate when disease carrying...

2009-06-04 15:32:34

U.S. medical entomologists have discovered tiny flies known as midges can be used to control invasive Asian tiger mosquitoes that can carry dengue fever. University of Illinois scientists led by Barry Alto said the larvae of midges (Corethrella appendiculata) eat more of the larvae of the invasive mosquito than of the native Eastern treehole mosquito (Aedes triseriatus). That, the scientists said, allows the native mosquitoes to survive even though the invasive mosquitoes are better at...

2009-05-06 16:40:38

Agricultural inspectors say a shipment of Chinese fencing infested with caterpillars led to other invasive pests in U.S. imports from the same supplier. The caterpillars were discovered several months ago at the port of Seattle, the Seattle Times reported. Customs and Border Protection inspectors said they were present in unusual numbers. They were everywhere, said Luca Furnare, one of the inspectors. Usually you might actually see a few. But there were so many of them in this case they...

2008-09-09 06:00:31

By Frank Urquhart A NEW device, hailed as the ultimate weapon in the war against the midge, will face its toughest challenge - protecting 1,000 athletes in the Highlands. Each year, Culicoides impunctatus - to give the beastie its Latin name - costs Scotland's tourism industry an estimated GBP 280 million in lost business. But researchers at Aberdeen University believe they have found a novel solution to the midge menace: a "puffer" device which sends out a cocktail of natural...


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lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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