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2008-05-22 10:25:00

U.S. Forest Service scientists with the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry have submitted a proposal to release a Brazilian insect to control the spread of strawberry guava, a South American tree that has invaded and degraded native Hawaiian ecosystems since it was introduced in 1825 as a garden plant.The scientists are working in collaboration with the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, and Hawaii Department of Agriculture, agencies responsible for issuing permits...

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2006-03-28 08:05:00

By Mica Rosenberg EL CERINAL, Guatemala -- Every week, Guatemalan scientists blast 2.7 billion fruit flies with radiation to make them sterile in a bizarre nuclear war against one of the world's most destructive farm pests. The flies, a threat to the fruit and vegetable industry in California and Florida, are then dropped from planes to copulate with fertile females in Guatemala, Mexico and the United States. Female medflies only mate once in their month-long lives but can lay up to 800 eggs...

2006-03-28 08:21:59

By Mica Rosenberg EL CERINAL, Guatemala (Reuters) - Every week, Guatemalan scientists blast 2.7 billion fruit flies with radiation to make them sterile in a bizarre nuclear war against one of the world's most destructive farm pests. The flies, a threat to the fruit and vegetable industry in California and Florida, are then dropped from planes to copulate with fertile females in Guatemala, Mexico and the United States. Female medflies only mate once in their month-long lives but can...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.