Category Archives: miniculture

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Gardens for wildlife

Here in Britain the gardening season looks good so far. Here’s an article about gardening for bees and other wildlife. Untidy gardeners like me are good gardeners for wildlife. It’s now a year since hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) bred in my … Continue reading

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Is the GM crops war over? What’s next?

GM (genetically modified, genetically engineered) crops are a fact of life by now. In our interconnected world (remember the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, TTIP, which might be finalised soon) I think that people who oppose GM crops may have … Continue reading

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TTIP: Syngenta calls for harmonized safety standards

John Atkin is the Chief Operating Officer at the chemical and biotech giant Syngenta. Here’s a report showing an interview with Mr Atkin, in which he tells us how the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is great news. One … Continue reading

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Harvard study links pesticides to bee deaths

Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in honeybees (Apis mellifera) can be linked with low-dose insecticides. Philip Case at the UK magazine Farmers Weekly tells us about research in the States, where CCD is a huge problem. This is a serious matter … Continue reading

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Killing bees in Oregon

Oregon may not be the best place to be a bee. Last year, 50 000 bumblebees (Bombus sp.) died there in a parking lot. Trees had been sprayed with pesticide. It turned out that the spray was dinotefuran, one of … Continue reading

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Image of the Week: Varroa Parasitic Mite

argylesock says… Varroa mites are bad news for bees. This is the third of three articles about pollinators, from the Wellcome Trust blog, which I’m passing on today.

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Feature: Protecting the pollinators part 2 – bees and disease

argylesock says… Here’s the second of three articles about pollinators, from the Wellcome Trust blog, which I’m passing on today.

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Feature: Protecting the pollinators part 1 – bees and ecology

argylesock says… We need bees and other pollinators. We really, really need them. Here’s the first of three articles about pollinators, from the Wellcome Trust blog, which I’ll pass on today.

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Pollen angels: The E.U.’s ban on bee-killing pesticides begins. Will it help?

Originally posted on Grist:
On April 29, the day that the European Union voted to ban three of the most widely used pesticides in the world, I was at an insecticide industry conference in England having having tea and cookies.…

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Oregon Bumblebee Kill Resolution

Originally posted on Living With Insects Blog:
Bumblebee Pollinating a Flower The case of the massive (50,000) bumblebee kill in Oregon has been settled. The court ruled that the bumblebees were killed by improper pesticide application. The pesticide, dinotefutan, was…

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