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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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Stowaways in potted plants

Potted plants can seem so benign. Beautiful, fascinating, good to grow and give, but they may carry invasive species which are not benign. Tom Bawden at The Independent tells us about invasive species reaching Europe, including the New Guinea flatworm … Continue reading

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Good bug bites

Joost van Itterbeeck at The Conversation tells us which edible insects he thinks are best. As you know I purchased some bug bites. My favourites so far are the barbecue-spiced mealworms (Tenebrio molitor). Harvey Nicks calls them ‘worm crisps’ but … Continue reading

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Insects could be the future of food

In many cultures, insects are delicacies. Mostly people are eating beetles (Coleoptera) and caterpillars (Lepidoptera). People also eat bees, wasps and ants (Hymenoptera), cicadas (Hemiptera), locusts and crickets (Orthoptera), dragonflies (Odonata) and flies (Diptera). Eating insects is called entomophagy. Those … Continue reading

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Another GM maize may soon be grown in Europe

European farmers can grow two GM (genetically modified, genetically engineered, GE) crops. Soon, they may get the choice of growing another. One of the GM crops approved for European cultivation is an insect-resistant maize (corn, Zea mays) called MON810. Its … Continue reading

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Nature conservation succeeds in parts of Europe

The State of Nature Report was sobering news for us in Britain in May 2013. I told you about it at the time. But a few weeks later, evidence came in Ecology Letters that conservation efforts may be paying off … Continue reading

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Climate change ‘driving spread of crop pests’

Rebecca Morelle at the BBC tells us about evidence that climate change is affecting crop pests. Crop pests are moving North in the Northern Hemisphere, South in the Southern Hemisphere. Many crop pests are insects and other arthropods. They’re quite … Continue reading

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Bugged about the Bug

Originally posted on Agrigirl's Blog:
I confess that I’m not all that bugged about bugs. Now granted, I rarely visit Starbucks and when I do, it’s never been for a creamy, pink, Strawberry, calorie laden concoction but the outcry…

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Pollinators

The political wrangling about insect-killing neonicotinoids isn’t over yet. If I hear of opportunities to put pressure on those in power, I’ll let you know. The story of pollinators is about honeybees but it’s about a lot of other kinds … Continue reading

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The aliens are landing. That means the foreign plants and animals which are invading Europe

Here in Europe, we’re seeing an influx of alien species. Species have always moved around, but in these times of international transport and climate change, there’s more of it happening than there used to be. Newcomers can be exciting. They … Continue reading

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