Tag Archives: biological control

Living With Micro-livestock Production

Originally posted on Living With Insects Blog:
Feeding the future human population will require protein sources beyond traditional livestock. Insects, aka micro-livestock, are an edible source of protein that may augment future diets. Industrial farming has mechanized much of the…

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The problem of an escaped water plant

If like me, you’ve kept goldfish (Carassius auratus auratus) in cold-water fishtanks, you’ve probably included aquarium plants. My pet goldfish were a joy and inspiration during my baby-naturalist childhood. So it’s a shock to learn that a plant I grew … Continue reading

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Australia’s Native Frogs Fight With Cane Toads Successfully

Originally posted on Ann Novek( Luure)–With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors:
BBC News2013-03-07: The tadpoles of Australia‘s native frogs can outcompete invasive toads, scientists say. The toads are considered a threat to Australian wildlife, leading…

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Living on the edge with Wolbachia

Originally posted on A bugly life:
The welfare of our planet and of the human species has become a major focus of many nations. One of the greatest challenges we face is food security. We are running out of space…

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Rhododendron ponticum – much more than just an invasive weed

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Biological control for pests and diseases

Katia Moskvitch at the BBC tells us about biological control, also known as biocontrol. She says, ‘Biocontrol is an area of biotechnology that involves moving away from toxic chemicals, either by mass-producing a pest’s natural enemy or by introducing an … Continue reading

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Invasive crayfish

The American signal crayfish (Pacifastacus leniusculus) has become invasive in British lakes and rivers. It escaped from farms where it was (still is) being reared for people to eat. But the signal crayfish doesn’t seem so attractive when it multiplies … Continue reading

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