New fungus found to cause cankers and declines in pistachio trees in Sicily, Italy

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  • September 19, 2018
  • Starting in the spring of 2010, farmers from Sicily – the major pistachio production area of Italy – have been reporting a previously unknown disease on the trees. Characterised by cankers and declines, it sometimes leads to the collapse of the entire plant. When the research team led by Salvatore Vitale, Centro di Ricerca Difesa e […]

    When lemons give you life: Herpetofauna adaptation to citrus orchards in Belize

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  • October 16, 2017
  • Natural habitat areas exhibit similar abundances and diversity of herpetofauna as citrus orchards and reclaimed orchard forests in Stann Creek, Belize, reports a comparative study by researchers Russell Gray and Dr. Colin Strine of Suranaree University of Technology (SUT), Thailand. The scientists utilized several drift-fence arrays equipped with double-funnel traps to monitor and compare reptile and […]

    Survival of soil organisms is a wake-up call for biosecurity

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  • August 24, 2017
  • Tiny creatures in soil that attack plants have shown the ability to survive for at least three years stored in dry conditions in a recent AgResearch study, giving new insights into the biosecurity threats posed by passenger travel and trade between countries. The research article is published in the open access journal Neobiota. The findings of […]

    Robust rattan palm assessed as Endangered, new Species Conservation Profile shows

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  • January 17, 2017
  • An African rattan palm species has recently been assessed as Endangered, according to the IUCN Red List criteria. Although looking pretty robust at height of up to 40 m, the palm is restricted to scattered patches of land across an area of 40 km². It grows in reserves and conservation areas in Ghana and a […]

    Cage the fly: Walk-in field cages to assess mating compatibility in pest fruit flies

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  • December 1, 2015
  • Fruit flies mating compatibility studies have been examined by an international team of researchers to assess the usefulness of walk-in field cages in studying the sexual behavior within fruit fly species complexes and recognition of taxonomically misplaced flies. In addition, they have also evaluated the relevant chemical signals during pheromone emission for species discrimination. The […]

    Parasite vs. Invader: New endoparasitoid wasp can save the Dominican Republic economy

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  • September 12, 2015
  • While biocontrol agents come in different shapes, often taking a lot of time for scientists to research, test and produce, natural ones always seem to be the better option. Now that Drs. Taveras and Hansson have discovered a new parasitoid wasp species in the Dominican Republic, they might have not only met the worst natural […]