Archive for December, 2015

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  • Maintaining salt balance helps insects avoid frosty fate: Could assist with pest control

    For humans, getting chilly is a problem that can usually be solved with a hat and mitts, but for insects it's not so simple. A study led by a York University Postdoctoral Fellow has found that for some insects, the key to cold weather survival is in keeping their salt balance in check, and that finding could help with controlling pests in the future. Insects make up more than 75 per cent of ...

    Posted at December 31, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Maintaining salt balance helps insects avoid frosty fate: Could assist with pest control
  • Growing crops on organic soils increases greenhouse gas emissions, say scientists

    Growing agricultural crops on organic (peat) soils is not good for the climate. When organic soils are drained and cultivated the organic matter in the soil will decompose which leads to emissions of greenhouse gases. This emission makes up as much as 6 percent of Denmark's total greenhouse gas emission. The good news is that we can do something about it. Reducing the emission from cultivated organic soils is an obvious choice to achieve greenhouse gas ...

    Posted at December 24, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Growing crops on organic soils increases greenhouse gas emissions, say scientists
  • Pesticide found in milk decades ago may be associated with signs of Parkinson’s

    A pesticide used prior to the early 1980s and found in milk at that time may be associated with signs of Parkinson's disease in the brain, according to a study published in the December 9, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. "The link between dairy products and Parkinson's disease has been found in other studies," said study author R. D. Abbott, PhD, with the Shiga University of Medical ...

    Posted at December 16, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Pesticide found in milk decades ago may be associated with signs of Parkinson’s
  • Neonicotinoid pesticides linked to butterfly declines in the UK

    The use of neonicotinoid pesticides may be contributing to the decline of butterflies in the UK, a new study by the Universities of Stirling and Sussex in partnership with Butterfly Conservation and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology has revealed. Previous studies have demonstrated that these chemicals appear to be harming bees, birds and other wildlife. This is the first scientific evidence of a possible negative impact on widespread UK butterflies. The chemicals remain in the environment and ...

    Posted at December 11, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Neonicotinoid pesticides linked to butterfly declines in the UK
  • Bees aren’t the be all and end all for crop pollination, study suggests

    Farmers who used pesticides that spared bees but sacrificed killed other insects might be ignoring important sources of crop pollination, according to an Australian-led international scientific study. University of Queensland plant ecologist Dr Margie Mayfield said many crops --including mangoes, custard apples, kiwi fruit, coffee and canola --depended on non-bee insect pollinators such as flies, butterflies, moths, beetles, wasps, ants, and thrips. "Scientists haven't much broadly explored the role of non-bee insects in crop pollination," said Dr ...

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