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Crop Devastation To Be Discussed At National Head Blight Forum

...nly called, is responsiblefor an increasing annual devastation of wheat and barley cropsacross the United States and Canada. During 1996, scab epidemicsoccurred in Arkansas, Louisiana, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin,Michigan, New York, and Ontario. Ohio wheat producers lost anestimated $100 million due to re...

Virulent Fungus Devastating Potato Crops

...nt strain of the fungus is causing widespread crop devastation in the United States. Agricultural scientists are finding the fungus, Phytopthora infestans , better known as late blight, difficult to control, says William Fry, a Cornell University professor of plant pathology. Fry believes the new strain of th...

USGS Measures Coral Reef Recovery In Culebra, Puerto Rico

...aled that the rapidrecovery observed following the devastation of the reef by Hurricane Hugo onSeptember 18, 1989 has now slowed. Rafael W. Rodríguez, Caribbean DistrictChief, reported this finding based on observations made by USGS scientists whorevisited permanent monitoring sites established on the ree...

Biologist Wins Simon Fraser University Controversy Prize For 'Silent Spring' Of The '90s

...l Carson's book, "Silent Spring,"alerted us to the devastation wrought by DDT, chemical pesticides are still aspervasive as ever, deployed at a rate of four pounds a year for every man, womanand child in North America. In Nature Wars, which is aimed at the general public and pest managementprofessionals,...

Study 'Gone With The Wind' Provides Stellar Ecological Example

...the first concrete evidence of howhurricanes wreak devastation on low-lying island organisms. It's not the windso much as the water. The biologists found a starfish on top of one southwestisland, and sand deposits on many of the islands, which were bereft of spidersand lizards. This indicated that a tidal s...

University Of Georgia Awarded $2.5 Million Grant For Drug Discovery And Biodiversity Among The Maya Of Mexico

... States and Europe, it has also brought ecological devastation inplaces, leaving Third World countries with the greatest diversity of plants thatcould hold the secrets of curing diseases. Only a small number of plants have been tested for medicinal value byscientists, however, despite the fact that indig...

Delivering the fruits of biotechnology to the developing world: Institute for Global Health sponsors global health forum, February 18-21

...aria will be untreatable, and HIV will have caused devastation in Asia as ithas already in Africa," he said. Malaria parasites are quickly becomingresistant and there are no new drugs in the development pipeline, and HIVvaccines that low income countries can afford and use are still years away, he Several publi...

Key DNA enzyme can tolerate more mutations than expected

...go, Loeb theorized that the engine behind cancer's devastation was a mutator phenotype, in which there is an increasing rate of errors in DNA replication as a tumor grows. Only within the last few years have experiments shown Loeb's theory was correct. His goal now is to find ways to slow the mutation rate. This...

Cocaine use while pregnant may cause ADHD

... likely to be significant, they do not support the devastation implied by media reports of the early 1990s. "Researchers have become increasingly concerned about the effects of cocaine use during pregnancy because of the growing incidence of cocaine-exposed babies. This increased incidence is due to the adven...

Understanding how E. coli kills cells

...the door to the development of drugs to combat the devastation of infection by inhibiting cell death caused by the bacteria. The E. coli bacteria include pathogenic strains that are major causes of diarrhea in developing countries, killing nearly one million children as a result of dehydration and complications ...

Prepare now for next El Nino, says UN/NCAR study

...tions and recommend specific actionsto help reduce devastation from the next El Nino. Because of its periodic nature and the somewhat predictable patternof its impacts, El Nino allows the earliest warning for climate-related disasters and an opportunity for long-range planning inaffected countries, says Glantz. ...

Amazon roads may lead to peril for rainforest

...s: that the roads' most significant impact will be devastation of rainforest, and a clear path to more destructive forest fires, reduced wildlife resources and more release of greenhouses gases. "We're basically talking about losing rainforest land the size of Rhode Island each year," Cochrane said. "We...

Coping with natural disasters along the Pacific Rim

...ers in the past,`` he notes, ``as evidenced by the devastation at Anchorage, Alaska (1964); Mexico City (1985); Kobe, Japan (1995) and Chi-Chi, Taiwan (1999). Because of the inexorable, continuing differential movements of tectonic plates around the Pacific Basin, earthquakes assuredly will accompany us in the f...

Geologists explore beach nourishment controversies, groundwater quality, and Blue Ridge mountain issues

...apeake Bay 35 million years ago causing widespread devastation and an enormous tsunami. The impact created a now-buried 53-mile-wide crater whose presence currently threatens the drinking water of area residents. Working from July through October 2000, scientists from the US Geological Survey, NASA Langley Resea...

Scientists invite others to join them online to discuss exotic species threat

...on forests and agricultural plants, causing untold devastation to the countries they enter. There is enough concern that scientists, businesses and government representatives from around the world will be meeting via the Internet April 16-29 to participate in "The Risks of Exotic Forest Pests and Their Impact on...

Terrorist threats to agriculture studied

...must be found now to avoid human harm and economic devastation of the food and fiber supply. Bioterrorism, the deliberate release of toxins or infectious organisms, has been studied by national experts for years. The threat to the U.S. food supply and its underlying agricultural industry has more recently been ...

Study suggests mechanism for heart defect that kills young athletes

...be expressed, thereby sparing people the potential devastation of the genetic condition....

New witchweed-fighting method, presented by CIMMYT and Weizmann Institute scientist

...le a day die of starvation around the world. This devastation is substantially concentrated in Africa. A major contributor to the problem is Striga hermonthica, or witchweed, a parasitic weed that ravages grain crops in several parts of the worldparticularly in sub-Saharan Africa, where the weed infests approx...

Health of American Indians on decline before Columbus arrived in new world

...merica. While the undisputed devastation of Indians in North and South America by New World immigrants has been the focus of historians who study the indigenous experience, patterns of health prior to the late 1400s have largely...

Early diagnosis of Usher syndrome type 1 made possible by new findings

...trategies that can be helpful in ameliorating the devastation of this disorder. "Knowledge is truly empowerment in this case," noted James F. Battey, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. "Molecular diagnosis, carrier screening, and genetic counseling al...

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