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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

Originally posted on Grist:
Sulfoxaflor sucks for pollinators. It’s a new type of neonicotinoid insecticide that was approved by the EPA in May for use on a long list of crops — despite its toxic effects on honeybees, bumblebees, butterflies, and other pollinators. …

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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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