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Found this while re-writing my worm paper. It's about a parasitic fly that scientists think might be causing Colony Collapse Disorder in honeybees! Super interesting.

Parasitic fly spotted on honeybees, causes workers to abandon colonies

A new long-term honey bee health study finds that a mysterious disease the authors term idiopathic brood disease syndrome, IBDS, which kills off bee larvae, is the largest predictor of colony death. Researchers see IBDS-like symptoms associated with viruses spread by parasitic mites, says coauthor entomologist, David Tarpy. But a high percentage of larvae deaths appears in colonies with few mites, suggesting IBDS occurs even with low mite loads: not what we expected.”

Researchers ID Queens, Mysterious Disease Syndrome as Key Factors in Bee Colony Deaths

Dragonflies, Nature’s Deadly Drone, but Prettier  This is unbelievably fascinating; I had no idea dragonflies were so profoundly complex....

Dragonflies, Nature’s Deadly Drone, but Prettier

Dragonflies, Nature’s Deadly Drone, but Prettier This is unbelievably fascinating; I had no idea dragonflies were so profoundly complex.

Farm Frenemies: Insects can be a farmer's best friend or worst foe. In this post, we highlight new research from entomologist, Dr. David Tarpy, on why honey bees die, and thrive. | Read more | http://www.ncsu.edu/features/2013/07/farm-frenemies/

Farm Frenemies: Insects can be a farmer's best friend or worst foe. In this post, we highlight new research from entomologist, Dr. David Tarpy, on why honey bees die, and thrive. | Read more | http://www.ncsu.edu/features/2013/07/farm-frenemies/

Looking into a fly's eyes

This cross-sectional, image shows the tissues inside a fly’s head, including the eyes, which was captured with a new technique called ultra microscopy.

The Asian giant hornet (scientific name Vespa mandarinia) has a venom that destroys red blood cells and can cause multiple organ failure and fatal allergic reactions. More than 40 people have been killed in China by these hornets since July.  CNN News

The Asian giant hornet (scientific name Vespa mandarinia) has a venom that destroys red blood cells and can cause multiple organ failure and fatal allergic reactions. More than 40 people have been killed in China by these hornets since July. CNN News

Octopuses are clever, reclusive, dexterous, strong and slippery as heck—especially those belonging to the very largest species: the giant Pacific octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini). So how are researchers to catch and track them? Certainly not with traditional nets and tags, which the octopuses can (respectively) squeeze out of and rip off.

Octopuses are clever, reclusive, dexterous,

Study exposes multigenerational pesticide exposure impacts : The team of toxicologist, Dr. Gerald LeBlanc of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NCSU, found that in water fleas, or Daphnia, pesticide exposure affected multiple generations, creating female reproductive problems & more male offspring.  The paper   appears in PLoS One | http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/science/science-a-environmental/42460-study-exposes-multi-generational-impacts-of-pesticide-exposure.html

Study exposes multigenerational pesticide exposure impacts : The team of toxicologist, Dr. Gerald LeBlanc of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NCSU, found that in water fleas, or Daphnia, pesticide exposure affected multiple generations, creating female reproductive problems & more male offspring. The paper appears in PLoS One | http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/science/science-a-environmental/42460-study-exposes-multi-generational-impacts-of-pesticide-exposure.html

Growing the grain industry: Solutions benefit both crop and animal producers.

Four years ago Abby Whitaker was confident that CALS was the place to pursue her passion for agriculture, and today she’s surer than ever.

Climate Scientists Are REALLY Willing To Get Their Hands Dirty

The key to predicting climate change? Just study the temperature of earthworm poo, say scientists

Researchers at York and Reading universities have found the calcite in earthworm poo retains the temperature at the time it's excreted. By studying fossilised samples, scientists can track changes in the Earth's climate.

The star of today's post is a fish tapeworm called Ligula intestinalis. This parasite infects many different species of freshwater fish, but it mainly parasitises cyprinids (the carp family) such as carp, roach, and dace. A fish becomes infected through eating infected copepods and once inside the fish, the tapeworm develops into a larval stage call a plerocercoid in the fish's body cavity, which goes on to infect fish-eating birds such as herons and cormorant.

The star of today's post is a fish tapeworm call Ligula intestinalis , and today's post is about a recently published paper that resulted fr.

Parasite of the Day: Acanthocephalus rhinensis - also known as a thorny-headed worm - which lives clinging to the wall of their host's intestine, and absorbing nutrients from the pre-digested gut content. Thus, he calls him a parasite in my gut.

image from figure 1 of the paper The study which forms the basis of today's post features an acanthocephalan - also known as a thorny-h.

THE WORLD FOOD PRIZE is the foremost international award recognizing -- without regard to race, religion, nationality, or political beliefs -- the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.

The World Food Prize.The World Food Prize has honored outstanding individuals who have made vital contributions to improving the quality, quantity or availability of food throughout the world.

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