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Feature: Protecting the pollinators part 2 – bees and disease

argylesock says… Here’s the second of three articles about pollinators, from the Wellcome Trust blog, which I’m passing on today.

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Feature: Protecting the pollinators part 1 – bees and ecology

argylesock says… We need bees and other pollinators. We really, really need them. Here’s the first of three articles about pollinators, from the Wellcome Trust blog, which I’ll pass on today.

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GMO breakthroughs and fakethroughs

It can be difficult to know who to believe about genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The scientific peer review system is no guarantee of truth, nor are the news media, nor are blogs like this one. Jonathan Latham of the US-based … Continue reading

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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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Bees under threat from bumblebee imports

Here in Britain, some market gardeners and amateur gardeners import bumblebees to pollinate crops. Some of them are bringing in bee diseases. Scientists funded by the Natural Environment Research Council say that this may be killing our wild buff-tailed bumblebees … Continue reading

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Establishing the Cause of Disease

Originally posted on Agriculture Information Bank:
The correct diagnosis of a plant disease and its cause is not always an easy task. In the first instance symptoms may be ill defined which make their association with any organism problematic (Derrick…

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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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Arctic melt spurs global spread of disease

argylesock says… Infectious diseases can devastate people, livestock and wildlife. As climates change, some pathogens and parasites are turning up in places they previously weren’t.

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New vaccine against foot and mouth disease

Here’s an article from Understanding Animal Research (UAR) about a new vaccine against foot and mouth disease (FMD). FMD is a highly infectious disease of cloven-hoofed animals, caused by the virus Aphthae epizooticae. It’s not to be confused with hand, … Continue reading

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Paradoxic pandemic: The inexorable spread of hand, foot and mouth disease

argylesock says… Hand, foot and mouth disease isn’t to be confused with foot and mouth disease. This article explains.

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