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Honeybees In The Wild Nearly Gone In North America

...every specific to certain crops. "Plus, if we take native wild bees and culture them, we'regoing to generate new problems there, too. If we bring together10 to 20 times the number of bees that were ever together before,we could expect to have disease outbreaks and other challengesoccur. We can't just whimsi...

Cooking And Salad Oils Could Lubricate Cars, Boats, Machines

...n cars, boats and machines. Asadauskas, a native of Lithuania, is an intern at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) oil chemical research laboratory in Peoria, Ill. Perez, who retired from the U.S. Department of Energy about two years ago, is a volunteer faculty member...

Asian Beetle, New In This Country, Threatens Brooklyn's Shade Trees

... it," Hoebeke said. "I knew this wasn't a species native to North America." These beetles might prove to be the ultimate Brooklyn dodgers. Short of cutting down the maple and horsechestnut trees, there is little that can be done to curb the Greenpoint infestation, Hoebeke said, adding that there are no kn...

Study Shows Songbirds Switch From Bugs To Berries To Fuel Fall Migration

...,for example--ate berries primarily. The fruits of native shrubs, includingnorthern arrowwood, bayberry and ...nd owners to be good land stewards too."Conserving native habitat in a backyard is simple and inexpensive," he said."Native shrubs, such as bayberry, provide ...

Duke Ecologist Says Logging Is Creating 'Mahogany Deserts'

...uth and Central America. Another American species native to a few Caribbean islands (Swietenia mahogani) was logged from the 16th to 18th centuries but now lingers in a few isolatedhabitats, including South Florida's Everglades. Meanwhile, African and Philippine"mahoganies" are foreign imposters, she said....

UC Berkeley, U.S.G.S. Scientists Discover Microscopic Invader Of San Francisco Bay, The First Known Marine Microbe Invader Of U.S. Waters

... found, it is likely to have a large impact on the native species of foraminifer. The introduction of exoti...ls, clams, crabs and other invertebrates crowd out native species, and if they have no natural predators, can cause major damage to our harbors and waterways....

KU Researcher Eyes The Rain Forest Through The Trees

... lost to deforestation annually - clear-cutting of native forests. That's an area roughly equal to half the ... start a reforestation trend and possibly turn the native plant life into a profitable resource. "In the countries where I have worked, such as Panama, Nicara...

No Such Luck: Nitrogen From Air Pollution Unlikely to Moderate Global Warming

...wth and high carbon storage in fields dominated by native "warm-season" prairie grasses, the results were ve...at medium and high rates of nitrogen addition, the native prairie species went extinct, the diversity of vegetation dropped sharply, and the ability of the pr...

U.S. Geological Survey 1998 Budget: Increased Support For Drinking Water, Earthquakes And Biological Sciences

...ther exotic species in the East thatsometimes harm native plants and animals. Other biological research andmonitoring efforts will focus on the effects of air quality on biologicalresources and the effects of pollutants on populations and ecosystems. Themonitoring of migratory birds will be enhanced. The po...

Fund Aims To Repay Developing Nations For Valuable Genes

... ofgenetic property rights. In 1995, using plants native to West Africa, Ronald isolated the "Xa21"gene, the first cloned gene known to convey disease-resistance to rice.The University of California proceeded to patent the gene. It is likelythat her discovery and subsequent engineering of disease-resistant...

Virus May Be Linked To Obesity -- Early Findings Hint At Relationship

...novirus that infectsbirds and is found only in his native India could induce obesity when itwas injected into chickens. Human adenoviruses form a large family of some 50 viruses.Transmitted through the air, they can cause upper respiratory infections,cold symptoms, gastrointestinal problems and eye...

Project Shows Native Bacteria Can Destroy Widespread Pollutant In Groundwater

...erts, Stanford researchers determined that feeding native bacteria with the right mixture of oxygen and tolu... the researchers gathered aquifer sands containing native bacteria and tested them in the laboratory to determine how the bacteria would respond to the oxygen...

First Planned Release Of Captive Lemurs In Madagascar Wilds Expected In Fall

... and monitoredrelease" of captive-born lemurs to a native rain forest environmentwhere they will live apart ...lem is critical for lemurs' futures becauseall are native only to Madagascar. The MFG, which is headquartered at the San Francisco Zoo, was formedin 1988 to ...

New Evidence For Corn's Ancestry Could Lead To Insect And Drought Resistant Crops

...y.And she said that interested Mangelsdorf because native American potterymakers pressed real ears of corn into the wet clay to form botanically accuratemolds. That meant her pottery studies could give him vital clues about how domesticatedcorn looked many centuries before the Spanish conquest. So her res...

Captive Lemurs To Depart For Madagascar Oct. 17 For First Release Into The Wild

... for lemurs' futures because all lemur species are native only to Madagascar. The MFG, headquartered at the San Francisco Zoo, was formed in 1988 to coordinate conservation efforts forMalagasy animals there and abroad. Its activities include training Malagasy students, researchers and technicians. Italso a...

Testosterone And Working Memory; Epilepsy And Schizophrenia; Toxins And Neuron Death; Oregon Researchers Present Findings At Society For Neuroscience

...inkedwith a tragic motor neuron disease afflicting native people on the island ofGuam, in New Guinea and in part of Japan. "Our team has proposed thatcycasin/MAM may slowly kill neurons by damaging their DNA," says Kisby. "Thecumulative death of neurons may trigger a cascade of events that ultimatelyleads ...

Natural Variability Is Key To River Restoration

...a have disappeared and many other organisms in the native community are nearly extinct." However, all the human demands for the Colorado's water probably preclude major changes in river management, Bain said, adding: "Fortunately, Grand Canyon looks fine without water; it's a good thing it's supposed to b...

Divorce, Insect Style: Termites Swap Mates

... a log." Her studies of Z. nevadensis , a species native to California woodlands,also show what is on the mind of mate-swapping termites: Females usually choosea male with a bigger head the second time around, while males go for femaleswith bigger bodies and more lipid (fat) storage area. Big-headed males...

Scientists Work To Restore Native Fish And Habitat To Great Lakes

...ued fish species like the lake trout. The loss of native species and the invasion of exotic species, such a...ervice are looking at new ways to help restore key native fish including the lake trout, coaster brook trout and lake sturgeon in hopes of establishing more b...

NIAID Doctor Successfully Treats Longest Case Of Malaria Infection On Record

...or research purposes. The woman, a native of Greece, came to Dr. Vinetz attention in February 1996 when her daughter, a resident of Baltimore, brought her mother for evaluation to a Johns Hopkins University clinic where Dr. Vinetz works part time. On examination, the ...

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