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September 5, 2015

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September 5, 2015

Sterilize Tools Before Pruning Canary Island Date Palms to Prevent Lethal Fungal Disease

Aug. 31, 2015 — There is a pathogen that is not new to Florida, however, new reports suggest that it is infecting the wild date palm. The good news is that it can be prevented most of the time by sterilizing pruning ... read more

Aug. 25, 2015 — Root bacteria are known to form symbiotic relationships with plants by improving the plants' supply of nutrients. Yet as scientists found recently, the bacteria actually play a much more ... read more

Keep Your Dogs out of Warm Lakes: Pythiosis Risk

Aug. 25, 2015 — Animals, including dogs and horses, can contract pythiosis from swimming spores. About 10 cases of humans getting sick from this disease have also been reported in the ... read more

Aug. 25, 2015 — Scientists have described precisely how a plant can sense a pathogen, bringing an unprecedented level of detail to a fundamental hypothesis in plant immunity of relevance to tackling disease in ... read more

Aug. 24, 2015 — Entomologists in Texas got a whiff of a new stink bug doing economic damage to soybeans in Texas and are developing ways to help farmers combat it, according to a new ... read more

Lucky Four-Leaf Clovers in the Sub-Arctic Could Prove Valuable to Future Plant Breeding

Aug. 24, 2015 — The lucky discovery of four-leaf clovers in the sub-arctic could prove valuable to future plant breeding ... read more

Aug. 21, 2015 — A molecular approach has been used to identify the protein responsible for germination of Striga seeds through visualization by green fluorescence. Striga, a parasitic plant known as witchweed has ... read more

Aug. 20, 2015 — A hugely destructive plant virus so flexible that it has resisted efforts to describe its form since before World War II has finally surrendered its secrets. The discovery of what makes the bendy bug ... read more

Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite

Aug. 20, 2015 — The number of bedbug infestations across the United States has risen over the past several years, and that’s bad news for travelers. Fortunately, there are precautionary measures that everyone can ... read more

Aug. 18, 2015 — The intricate interplay between immune cells working to defeat infection has been seen and photographed for the first time. Researchers used state-of-the-art microscopy to painstakingly capture ... read more

Aug. 18, 2015 — The start of the school year means new classes, new friends, homework and sports. It also brings the threat of head lice. Scientists report today that lice populations in at least 25 states have ... read more

Aug. 17, 2015 — Two growth-promoting groups of substances, or phytohormones, the gibberellins and the brassinosteroids, are used independently of each other for the breeding and production of crop plants. A team of ... read more

Mites Might Be Mighty Pest Control Method

Aug. 17, 2015 — Biological control of pests, weeds, plants and animals gives “the best hope to providing lasting, environmentally sound and socially acceptable pest management,” according to a new ... read more

Aug. 13, 2015 — An international team of researchers has developed the largest genomic data set in the world on Lassa virus (LASV). The genomic catalog contains nearly 200 viral genomes collected from patient and ... read more

Aug. 12, 2015 — In South Africa, sweet potatoes are a traditional crop for rural families. Researchers undertook a project to develop a local variety that has good yield, high dry mass, and desirable taste ... read more

Aug. 11, 2015 — The evolutionary loss of the 'altruistic' worker caste in ants is not accompanied by a loss of genes, an international team of researchers has found. The results reported in this new ... read more

Newly Identified Tadpole Disease Found Across the Globe

Aug. 10, 2015 — Scientists have found that a newly identified and highly infectious tadpole disease is found in a diverse range of frog populations across the world. The discovery sheds new light on some of the ... read more

Atomic-Level Defense Secrets Revealed

Aug. 10, 2015 — The molecular secrets of plants' defense mechanisms have been revealed at the atomic level. The study focuses on the plant hormone jasmonate and its interaction with three key proteins. The ... read more

Aug. 10, 2015 — Researchers continue to study ways to nip the West Nile virus in the bud and monitor its spread by tracking rainfall, groundwater levels, mosquito abundance, wild bird populations and virus ... read more

Aug. 7, 2015 — An ichneumonid parasitic wasp seizes control of the parasitized spider and exploits its 'resting web' building behavior as seen before moulting, scientists have discovered. Researchers ... read more

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