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Edward Knipling and Raymond Bushland Win Award for the Sterile Insect Technique

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Edward Knipling and Raymond Bushland Win Award for the Sterile Insect Technique

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Two prominent members of the Entomological Society of America were posthumously selected as winners of the Golden Goose Award, which honors scientists whose federally funded work may have been considered silly, odd, or obscure when first conducted but has resulted in significant benefits to society. Dr. Edward F. Knipling and Dr. Raymond C. Bushland are […]

Video of how a mosquito feeds – PBS Deep Look

Friday, June 10th, 2016

The PBS program “Deep Look” presents a great video describing how a mosquito feeds.  Imaging was taken at University of California, Davis. See video here:  Deep Look – mosquito  

Bison named our National Mammal

Friday, April 29th, 2016

The Vote Bison Coalition is proud to celebrate the House and Senate passage of the National Bison Legacy Act, which when signed by the President will officially make bison the National Mammal of the United States. The House of Representatives passed its version of the National Bison Legacy Act late Tuesdaynight and the Senate passed […]

New Chewing Lice Species Named after Darth Vader

Friday, February 26th, 2016

A new louse species has been named Ricinus vaderi after Darth Vader, the evil character in the Star Wars movies, because of the similarity between the head of the louse and Darth Vader’s helmet. Ricinus, the largest genus of chewing lice, parasitizes perching birds in the order Passeriformes. The new species is described in the […]

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Scientists have discovered a universal human truth about our bodies: they all, without exception, have mites. A new study explores the face mite species Demodex folliculorum, using genetic testing to link the microscopic animal’s evolution to our own ever-evolving human story. By zooming in on a type of genetic material called mitochondrial DNA in mite […]

The Dung Beetle Dance: An Orientation Behaviour?

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Here is an interesting article describing dung beetle behaviors (“dance”) when rolling a dung ball away from the dung pile. It appears that dung beetles use visual cues to keep rolling their dung ball in a straight line as they away from the dung pile (and all the other dung beetles that presumably might try to steal their […]

What does “organic” actually mean?

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Grist has provided a great article that details the requirements to call an agricultural product “organic.”  The article is relatively unbiased and exposes some of the complexities and contradictions in categorizing foods as organic.   A section on rules for organic labeling of animals may be particularly interesting to readers of this blog (about 3/4 of the way […]

Cattle and honey bees graze in harmony on pasture in Wisconsin

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Reed Fitton grazes cattle on the same hilltop farm where the late conservationist Ben Logan grew up and later featured in his memoir, “The Land Remembers.” Fitton carefully manages the farm near Gays Mills, Wisconsin with a broad conservation ethic, preventing soil erosion and protecting waterways. He has also transformed the Ben Logan’s “Seldom Seen […]

The Morrill Act: 153 Years of Innovations for American Agriculture

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

July in America.  It is summer time and school’s out. It is about vacations and maybe a trip to the beach. It is Independence Day—the 4th of July—and parades and fireworks.  It is about barbecues, hotdogs, and burgers. 2015 marks America’s 239th birthday. July is also the month for another important birthday in America—passage of […]

Black Soldier Flies as Recyclers of Waste and Possible Livestock Feed

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

  If black soldier fly larvae could enter competitive eating contests, they would excel, especially when it comes to eating nasty stuff that we don’t want around or wouldn’t think of eating ourselves. Then, after the larvae had eaten, they could be recycled as feed for livestock, although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration currently […]

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