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Zika Virus: Another Threat from the Asian Tiger Mosquito - Entomology Today

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Zika Virus: Another Threat from the Asian Tiger Mosquito
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A new virus in the group that includes dengue and chikungunya is the subject of an article in the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.
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Animal, Dairy, and Poultry Sciences at LSU

LSU Animal, Dairy, and Poultry Sciences majors introduce some of the animals and talk about the annual Farm Day festivities.
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CT Scanning Shows how Fire Ants Interlock to Form Floating Rafts ...

CT Scanning Shows how Fire Ants Interlock to Form Floating Rafts ... | Agriculture | Scoop.it
June 12, 2014 by Entomology Today Leave a Comment. When water levels rise, red fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) stream from their nests and rapidly grip onto their nearest neighbors in order to form rafts to carry them to safety.
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Agricultural & Turf Equipment Division Is A Long Term Growth Driver For Deere - Forbes

Agricultural & Turf Equipment Division Is A Long Term Growth Driver For Deere - Forbes | Agriculture | Scoop.it
Ohio's Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net Agricultural & Turf Equipment Division Is A Long Term Growth Driver For Deere Forbes Deere's Agriculture & Turf Equipment division has the highest contribution towards overall revenue compared to its other two...
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Disinfecting honey comb with ozone

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Sometimes even honey bees need help with "housekeeping," especially when it comes to cleaning their honeycombs once the honey's been removed. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) research has shown that fumigating honeycombs with ozone gas can eliminate pests and pathogens that threaten honey bee health and productivity. Now, ozone fumigation may also help reduce pesticide levels in honeycombs.

The findings come from a two-part study led by entomologist Rosalind James with thePollinating Insects-Biology, Management, and Systematics Research Unitoperated in Logan, Utah, by USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS). Results from the first part of her team's study, published in 2011 in the Journal of Economic Entomology, demonstrated that fumigating honeycombs with ozone gas at concentrations of 215 to 430 parts per million (ppm) killed all life stages of the greater wax moth, depending on length of exposure.

Ozone, a highly reactive state of oxygen, also destroyed spores of the chalkbrood fungus after 24 to 36 hours of exposure using 1,500 ppm. Another honeybee pathogen, the American foulbrood bacterium, required substantially longer exposure times and an ozone concentration twice as high.

Both pathogens can persist for years on beekeeping equipment and in hives as dormant spores. They germinate when conditions are optimal, and attack the colony's larvae. Methyl oxide and gamma irradiation are among treatments that have proven effective for disinfecting honeycombs, but these treatments can be costly and impractical, according to James. An ozone fumigation chamber is something beekeepers can set up on their own.

In January 2013, James' team published results from the second part of the study in the journal Agricultural Science. That paper details ozone's breakdown of coumaphos, fluvalinate, and several other pesticides that can accumulate in hives.

Higher ozone concentrations and longer exposure times were required to reduce pesticide concentrations in wax and honeycomb samples. The treatments also degraded the pesticides better in new honeycombs (less than three years old) than in older ones (more than 10 years old).

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Weaver Ants Help Cashew Farmers in Vietnam

Weaver Ants Help Cashew Farmers in Vietnam | Agriculture | Scoop.it
A new study published in the Journal of Economic Entomology shows that the presence of weaver ants on cashew trees is beneficial, as the ants are predators of many insect pests. "Flushing terminals...

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Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite! | Victoria Stilwell Positively - (bed bug inspector)

Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite! | Victoria Stilwell Positively - (bed bug inspector) | Agriculture | Scoop.it

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Like any traditionally promising career, the dogs start at school. According to the Associated Press, Gracie, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, graduated from the Florida Canine Academy in Tampa while Liberty, a tan and white beagle, and Cruiser, a puggle, attended J&K Canine Academy also in Florida, according to the New York Times. There are only 150 dogs in the nation certified to sniff out bed bugs. Training and certifications are gained through the National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association

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Like insects? Learn about working as an entomologist. Part of Science Alberta Foundation's Science Works series. www.sciencealberta.org.
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Mosquitoes “Smell” and “Taste” DEET and other Repellents - Entomology Today

Mosquitoes “Smell” and “Taste” DEET and other Repellents - Entomology Today | Agriculture | Scoop.it
Mosquitoes “Smell” and “Taste” DEET and other Repellents
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Mosquitoes not only have a sense of smell for certain insect repellents, but they also have a sense of taste for these chemicals, according to scientists at the U.S.
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Are Local Honey Bees Healthier than Imports? – Entomology Today

Are Local Honey Bees Healthier than Imports? – Entomology Today | Agriculture | Scoop.it
Honey bees with roots in the local environment manage much better in the struggle for survival than imported honey bees from foreign environments, according to new research published in a special issue of the Journal of ...
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Fair offers new way to engage kids in agriculture - The Daily Advocate

Fair offers new way to engage kids in agriculture - The Daily Advocate | Agriculture | Scoop.it
Fair offers new way to engage kids in agriculture The Daily Advocate “When we were asked to be a part of this type of program, we saw the opportunity to be a vehicle to provide information to children attending the fair to allow them to learn...
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1 of the 2,000 Articles Supporting GMO Safety

1 of the 2,000 Articles Supporting GMO Safety | Agriculture | Scoop.it
On Thursday July 24, 2014, The Huffington Post published a blog titled Genetically-Modified Organisms (GMOs) Have NOT Been Proven Safe.
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Agricultural Communication Careers

This is a promotional video about agricultural communication careers and the Agricultural and Extension Education Department (AEED) at the University of Arka...
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Forensic entomology research -- flies and microbes interaction

University of Dayton biology professor Eric Benbow leads a study near Dayton, Ohio, on the interaction of microbes and blowflies in decomposition of pigs. Be...
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New Book Combines Palaeontology and Entomology - Entomology Today

New Book Combines Palaeontology and Entomology - Entomology Today | Agriculture | Scoop.it
New Book Combines Palaeontology and Entomology
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Using pioneering scientific methods and state-of-the-art technology, Dr.
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July 2014- Entomology and Nematology News

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UF/IFAS Entomology and Nematology News.

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