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A pest aphid which nicotine doesn’t kill

Three of the pesticides called neonics (neonicotinoids) are under a temporary ban here in Europe. It’s because there’s evidence that they kill bees. Of course bee-killing isn’t the reason neonics were used, and still are used in several countries. They’re … 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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Paving the Way For Invasive Species

Originally posted on Living With Insects Blog:
Horticulturalists help bring beauty to our gardens and landscapes by introducing plants from other parts of the world and breeding them for aesthetic characteristics. In the past, not enough attention was paid to…

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Golden Rice is ‘no solution’ to malnutrition

GRAIN says that Golden Rice is no solution to malnutrition. Golden Rice is a variety of rice (Oryza sativa) which has been genetically modified (GM, also called genetically engineered or GE) to make beta-carotene in its grains. After you eat … Continue reading

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Neonicotinoids, A Brief History II: Imidacloprid

Originally posted on Living With Insects Blog:
Nicotine has several undesirable properties for use as an insecticide. On a per weight basis, nicotine is generally more toxic to vertebrates than to insects. Compared to other insecticides, nicotine was used in…

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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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Neonics and Asian rice

A few weeks ago three ‘bee killers’, neonicotinoid sprays and seed treatments, were temporarily banned in Europe. The banned insecticides are dinotefuran, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam. Now cereal farmers outside Europe are talking about what the neonic ban means for them. … Continue reading

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