Browsing Archive: July, 2012

Bt cotton ball

Posted by Heather Maughan on Monday, July 23, 2012, In : Agriculture 

Utterance of “GM crops” usually has the effect of inciting anger in the public mind, while scientists shake their heads at public misunderstanding.  Although in principle I strongly favor the development of GM crops if they’re used to make agriculture more sustainable, the multinational companies that give us these technologies have really botched the relationship with farmer and public.  These companies can now only find camaraderie with scientists, business folk, and...


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Acalymma vittatum

Posted by Heather Maughan on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, In : Garden 
The striped cucumber beetles have found a lovely new home: my squashes, melons, and cucumbers.  There must be thousands of them making whoopie on my several rows of curcurbits.  My strategy so far has been hand picking, followed by smashing or dropping in water with dish soap.  But I'm losing the battle.  I think a portable hand vacuum should level the playing field.....

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Cryptic habitat

Posted by Heather Maughan on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, In : Microbiota 
Imagine mixing all living animals in North America up in a (very large) bag, identifying which species are in the mix, and then making educated guesses about how those animals live.  Do the fishes and birds share a niche?  How often do monarch butterflies and polar bears interact?  We know the answers to these questions are dependent on the North American habitat in which each animal lives.  Sometimes fishes and birds do interact, but only in particular habitats. 

This mental exercise may see...
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