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2011-04-14 15:16:23

Genetically modified bacteria filters out toxic vapors Genetically modified bacteria could be used in air filters to extract pesticide vapors from polluted air thanks to work by researchers in China published this month in the International Journal of Environment and Pollution. The bacteria Escherichia coli is perhaps best known as a bacterium that can cause food poisoning and in one form, the O157:H7, can damage the kidneys and even be lethal. However, E coli, is commonly used in biological...

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2011-03-10 09:20:00

New types of fungal pathogens, a drastic decline in the number of flowering plant species, the increased use of agricultural chemicals, and climate change are partially responsible for the worldwide plight of bee colonies, claims a new report released Thursday by the UN Environment Program (UNEP). The study, entitled Global Bee Colony Disorders and other Threats to Insect Pollinators, fingers more than a dozen possible factors, all of which have contributed in some way to the decline of the...

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2011-03-07 07:20:00

Scientists are seeking a way to identify and eliminate mass deaths of the honeybee, the primary pollinator for the world's plants. The die-offs affect more than 30 percent of bee colonies in the United States and more than 20 percent in some European countries. A few possible causes identified in Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) include blood-feeding parasites, bee viruses, fungi, pesticide exposure and decreased plant diversity causing poor nutrition for honeybees, experts tell Reuters....

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...

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2010-10-12 09:40:00

Gardeners could help out the declining worldwide bee population by planting flowers that are red or have stripes along the veins, UK researchers announced on Monday. Experts from the John Innes Centre (JIC), an institute of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), studied the foraging patterns of bumblebees on a field of snapdragon plants located near the British city of Norwich. By comparing the number of visits the insects made to each plant, they were able to...

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....

2010-06-21 09:43:00

ROSELLE, Ill., June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Clarke, a global environmental products and services company, is honored today at the 2010 U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards for their new Natular(TM) larvicide, which uses the active ingredient spinosad to control mosquito larvae in aquatic habitats. Clarke is recognized for developing a novel, patent-pending plaster matrix that releases optimal levels of product during times when mosquitoes breed. Clarke will receive the...

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2010-05-26 06:20:00

US researchers claim to have identified a potential disease responsible for Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in honeybees, which is responsible for wiping out many beekeepers' entire colonies over the past few years. Scientists from the US Department of Agriculture say the pathogens to blame are a fungus and a family of viruses. Results of the study were presented Tuesday at the 110th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in San Diego, California. Jay Evans of the USDA...

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2010-04-29 06:25:00

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said Wednesday that the dramatic die-off of honey bees around the world, threatening crops that rely on the insects for pollination, is not due to any one single factor. The OIE said that a host of issues are plaguing the honey bees - including parasites, viruses, bacterial infections, pesticides, and poor nutrition resulting from the impact of human activities on the environment. Bee colonies naturally lose about 5 percent of their populations...

2010-04-20 07:30:00

NEW YORK, April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a national online survey released today by the Ad Council, only a third of parents in the United States are very concerned that lead poses a health risk to their children. However, lead poisoning affects more than one million children in the United States. If not detected early, children with high levels of lead in their bodies can suffer from damage to the brain and nervous system, behavior and learning problems (such as hyperactivity),...


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  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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