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Each year, fungal infections destroy at least 125 million tons of the world's five most important crops -rice, wheat, maize, soybeans and potatoes- a...

Two new species of orchids discovered in Okinawa

Two new species of parasitic plants have been discovered on the main island of Okinawa, Japan. They have been named Gastrodia nipponicoides and Gastrodia...

To save honey bees, human behavior must change

In the search for answers to the complex health problems and colony losses experienced by honey bees in recent years, it may be time...

Feeding fat to fungi: Evidence for lipid transfer in arbuscular mycorrhiza

Nearly all organisms live in symbiosis with a vast, diverse array of microbes. Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) symbiosis is the interaction between plants and a...

Genes key to killer bee’s success

Researchers have sequenced the genomes of Africanized bees that have invaded large parts of the world to find out what makes them so extraordinarily...

Raccoon dog represents a more acute risk than raccoon as vector for transmission of...

The raccoon and the raccoon dog are two non-indigenous animal species that have become established in Europe in the past decades. Their increasing abundance...

‘Spiderman’ worm-snails discovered on Florida shipwreck

Scientists have discovered a new species of worm-snail on a shipwreck in the Florida Keys. The new species, which is colorful and shoots mucus...

Scientists engineer sugarcane to produce biodiesel, more sugar for ethanol

A multi-institutional team led by the University of Illinois have proven sugarcane can be genetically engineered to produce oil in its leaves and stems...

Two new mechanisms for herbicide resistance found in Palmer amaranth

Palmer amaranth is a nightmare of a weed, causing yield losses up to 80 percent in severely infested soybean fields. It scoffs at farmers'...

Dairy raises more ethical red flags than meat

So why do we persist in cutting meat out of diets first, rather than dairy, when faced with environmental and ethical questions? It is interesting...

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