Honeybee deaths linked to seed insecticide exposure Honeybee populations have been in serious decline for years, and Purdue University scientists may have identified one of the factors that cause bee deaths around agricultural fields. Analyses of bees found dead in and around hives from several apiaries over two years in Indiana showed the presence of neonicotinoid insecticides, which are commonly used to coat corn and soybean seeds before planting. The research showed that those insecticides were present at high concentrations in waste talc that is exhausted from farm machinery during planting. The insecticides clothianidin and thiamethoxam were also consistently found at low levels in soil -- up to two years after treated seed was planted -- on nearby dandelion flowers and in corn pollen gathered by the bees, according to the findings released in the journal PLoS One this month. "It's like death by a thousand cuts for these bees," Hunt said. "Whatever was on the seed was being exhausted into the environment," Krupke said.
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Beginning Farmer Business Planning, Marketing, and Sheep and Goat Resources Home > Beginning Farmer Business Planning, Marketing, and Sheep, Goat & Poultry Resources Are you a beginning farmer? Do you want to expand your markets? Do you want to add sheep, goats, or poultry to your operation? Nitrogen Fixation Fritz Haber I’m haunted by one of the stories in the latest episode of Radiolab, can’t get it out of my head. Like everyone else, I love Radiolab and often sprinkle stories I learned from the show into cocktail party conversation (do I go to nerdy cocktail parties or do I make cocktail parties nerdy?), but the Bad Show was especially gripping, in particular the story of Fritz Haber. Haber was a German chemist working in the early 20th century, but his name is well known in Chemical Engineering departments (he is, after all, one of The Most Popular Chemical Engineers Ever.) I’ve even looked him up in wikipedia recently, focusing on the details of the chemical process he invented and never scrolling down to learn more about his life.
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Zenger Farm From tending crops to teaching kids, volunteers are essential members of our team. Learn about volunteers accomplishments and read volunteer spotlights here. Then take a look at the opportunities below and complete our Volunteer Application form. We'll contact you within two weeks. Questions? Email Prairie Hale. Earliest known bug-repellant plant bedding found at South African rock shelter Rare finds such as early ornaments, cave drawings and Middle Stone Age engravings are the subjects of a good deal of anthropological study and they provide clues. But in the journal Science, an international team of researchers report another find that could give additional insight. What's more, it could place the use of herbal medicines much earlier than previously known. Lyn Wadley of the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, South Africa, along with a team of archeologists, botanists and paleobotonists, recently dug up and analyzed the earliest known plant bedding at Sibudu, a South African rock shelter in Northern KwaZulu-Natal. The plant bedding is 77,000 years old and 50,000 years older than the earliest reports of preserved bedding.
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Breaking News: Monsanto To Face Biopiracy Charges In India An farm worker assorting eggplants in the Indian state of Gujarat. by Arne HÃ¼ckelheim/WikicommonsAccording to an article published this month in the journal Nature Biotechnology, Monsanto is facing biopiracy charges in India. In an unprecedented decision, India's National Biodiversity Authority(NBA), a government agency, declared legal action against Monsanto (and their collaborators) for accessing and using local eggplant varieties (known as brinjal) to develop their Bt genetically engineered version1 without prior approval of the competent authorities, which is considered an act of "biopiracy."2 The journal of Nature Biotechnology reported: "An Indian government agency has agreed to sue the developers of genetically modified (GM) eggplant for violating India's Biological Diversity Act of 2002. India's National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) is alleging that the developers of India's first GM food crop--Jalna-based Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company (Mahyco) partnered with St.
Start Farming Skip to content Skip to navigation Site Navigation Start Farming Learn More... All he is saying, is give pee a chance How the waste was won – a new pop-up restaurant for the Melbourne Food and Wine festival, which combines art, food and ecology, is about creating a sustainable world. NO DOUBT there's a more polite, even more technically accurate, way of phrasing this, but it doesn't get the message across half as well. And Joost Bakker is very much about sending the world a message. So when the celebrated artist/gardener/environmental designer/eco-entrepreneur pops up his Greenhouse restaurant concept for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival in March, he will be well and truly taking the piss. Literally. No disrespect to the great chefs who'll be cooking there — including arguably the world's No. 1, Denmark's Rene Redzepi — but here's what Bakker is most looking forward to: "The world-first thing, and the most exciting thing for me, is that we're harvesting urine."