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Conflict and Clashes Over China's Prized Caterpillar Fungus

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October 14, 2013
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A caterpillar fungus, found only on the high Tibetan plateau, is known as "Himalayan Viagra". It is worth nearly its weight in gold and is so valuable that disputes over collection rights are turning violent.


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White Nose Syndrome Threatens North American Bats

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AFP (Apr. 5, 2012) — The US bat population is in crisis. Over the past seven years, as many as 6.7 million North American bats have succumbed to white nose syndrome, an illness caused by an invasive fungus that originated in Europe. Conservationists warn the loss of these vital insect-eating creatures could have a huge, and costly, impact on US agriculture.
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Snake Festival Charms Villagers in Eastern India

Snake Festival Charms Villagers in Eastern India

AFP (Aug. 18, 2013) — Hundreds of Hindu devotees queue in a remote village in eastern India to receive blessings from metres-long and potentially deadly snakes, thought to bring them good luck before harvest. Snake charmers lure their "prized catches" out of wicker baskets and clay pots as part of the annual festival in the village of Purba Bishnupur in West Bengal state.
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Cloned Pashmina Goats Help India's Wool Industry

Cloned Pashmina Goats Help India's Wool Industry

AFP (Sep. 11, 2013) — India is fighting back against cheap copies of its prized Pashmina shawls by cloning goats and patenting the quality wool to protect local producers.
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