Tag Archives: emerging disease

Image of the Week: Varroa Parasitic Mite

Originally posted on Wellcome Trust Blog:
This week’s image is of the little mite that might cause the end of food production as we know it. The varroa parasitic mite attacks the honey bee populations needed to pollinate a range…

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Feature: Protecting the pollinators part 2 – bees and disease

Originally posted on Wellcome Trust Blog:
? Insect pollinators, including honeybees, bumblebees and hoverflies, are in decline. The £10 million Insect Pollinators Initiative aims to find out why. In the second of two articles, Chrissie Giles looks at four of…

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New early warning system to protect trees

Originally posted on Green Living London:
Tree health experts have secured nearly a million pounds of EU funding over four years to develop the  LIFE+ ObservaTREE, an early warning system of pest and disease threats to the UK’s trees. Led by…

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Irradiated seeds combat world’s most serious wheat disease

Wheat (Triticum spp.) is a staple food in many parts of the world. You can follow my ‘wheat’ tag for more about this crop. Now there are two new varieties to resist a devastating wheat disease. If you’re growing wheat, … Continue reading

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Jumping species: how good intentions spread diseases

Ian Le Guillou at Understanding Animal Research (UAR) tells us how infectious diseases jump between species. These jumps often happen because of things that humans do. Sometimes, the disease jumps to us. Diseases that can infect humans and also other … Continue reading

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Facebook game Fraxinus targeted at beating ash dieback

If you use Facebook you could help with research into ash dieback disease. Yes really, anybody online can do this. Crowdsourcing is a new way of doing science, to me, but here are people who believe it can work. Here … Continue reading

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Vaccination is happening against a virus which deforms lambs and calves

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) is a Government agency here in Britain. It’s part of the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Among other tasks, VMD approves new veterinary drugs and vaccines. Farming eyes have been on VMD … Continue reading

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