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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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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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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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Big Butterfly Count

If you’re in Britain, Butterfly Conservation invites you to take part in this year’s Big Butterfly Count. This will be fun. Also it will be useful because butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera) tell us what’s happening on the land. That is, … Continue reading

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Living with Butterfly Pollinators

Originally posted on Living With Insects Blog:
The mutual benefits of insect pollinators to flowering plants has led to a wide diversity of insect pollinators and flowering plants for over 100 million years. Flowers are rewarded with more efficient use…

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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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Tree of the month: Rowan

A few nights ago the moon was new. So according to this version of the Ogham ‘tree calendar’ extended into 2013, we’re now in the Month of the Rowan. You might choose to follow my ‘ogham’ tag for other posts … Continue reading

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Ecology of stinging nettles

Originally posted on changinglifestyleblog:
 ECOLOGY OF STINGING NETTLES Urtica dioica the stinging nettles with its stems and leaves densely   covered with stinging hairs, which release potential pain-inducing toxins   when brushing contact is made with them, is rarely eaten…

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