Archive for November, 2015

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  • Entomologists report on benefits of neonicotinoid seed treatments on rice

    According to researchers from Mississippi State University, rice seeds that are pre-treated with neonicotinoid pesticides yield better than untreated crops and suffer less damage from rice water weevil, the most widely distributed and destructive early-season insect pest of rice in the United States. However, the economic benefits of investing in pre-treated seed depend on the level of insect pressure. The results of their study have been published in the Journal of Economic Entomology. "There was no ...

    Posted at November 25, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Entomologists report on benefits of neonicotinoid seed treatments on rice
  • Teenage exposure to pesticides may lead to abnormal sperm, new study says

    Adolescent exposure to environmental pollutants known as organochlorines may lead to defective sperm, according to a study published by researchers at Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) at the George Washington University and co-authors. The research is the first to look for associations between exposure to these chemicals in the teenage years and abnormalities in sperm that are associated with fertility problems later in life. "We need more research to find out how ...

    Posted at November 18, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Teenage exposure to pesticides may lead to abnormal sperm, new study says
  • Fighting citrus greening with vibrating orange groves

    When a male Asian Citrus Psyllid is looking for a mate, he situates himself on a twig, buzzes his wings to send vibrations along adjacent leaves and branches, and listens for a female's response call. If the call comes, he travels in her direction, the abbreviated insect version of courtship ensues, and two to seven weeks later, scores of psyllids nymphs emerge from their eggs, feed on phloem sap, and mature into adults who head ...

    Posted at November 12, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Fighting citrus greening with vibrating orange groves
  • Hunting down hidden dangers and health benefits of urban fruit

    Forgotten trees from long lost orchards and 20th-century city landscaping are being rediscovered in urban areas, and their fruits are proving not only largely free of urban pollutants, but more nutritious than their retail counterparts. Scientists at Wellesley College have joined forces with the League of Urban Canners (LUrC), based in Cambridge/Somerville and greater Boston area, to collect and eventually analyze 166 samples of apples, peaches, cherries and other urban fruits and herbs, collected from remnants ...

    Posted at November 4, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Hunting down hidden dangers and health benefits of urban fruit
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