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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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Pesticide makers have found a new way to kill bees

argylesock says… Only a few days ago here in Europe, a temporary ban came into place on three neonics. Clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam. Now another neonic called sulfoxaflor, made by the chemical and biotech giant Dow AgroSciences, has been approved … Continue reading

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Butterflies in Britain, summer 2013

Lewis at woodlands.co.uk announced the results of the Big Butterfly Count for summer 2013. Here’s his blog post about it. It’s good news on the whole. This confirms a report of conservation successes for some kinds of insect and some … Continue reading

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Would you like flies with that?

Are you eating insects (entomophagy) yet? If not, perhaps you soon will be. In August this year, Trevor Baker in the Guardian told us about farming insects (entomoculture) for food in continental Europe. He told us about a London entomophagy … 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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New strategy required for delaying insect resistance to Bt crops

arglesock says… We knew that pests would evolve resistance to Bt toxin. I wrote recently about the African maize stalk borer (Busseola fusca) evolving resistance that’s inherited as a dominant trait, making it harder for farmers to control. If I … 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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Pest evolves better resistance to insecticidal GM crops

A few days ago I reblogged a post about genetically modified (GM, also called genetically engineered, GE) crops. I said that in my opinion, my fellow blogger Nasir Butt at Agriculture Information Bank sounds a little bit naïve in that … Continue reading

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