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Mite-y resistance

Posted by Heather Maughan on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, In : Agriculture 
When faced with a challenge, animals have the ability to physically move away. Plants are not so lucky. Their interactions with the soil prevent them from up-rooting and finding a better place. But this does not mean that plants don't fight back. Indeed, plants produce an astonishing diversity of chemicals to ward off invaders, such as the ubiquitous arthropod pests. Many of these naturally produced chemicals are analogous to manufactured pesticides, in that they provide a strong selective pr...
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Clothianidin debacle

Posted by Heather Maughan on Thursday, October 11, 2012, In : Agriculture 

Yesterday I attended a discussion forum for beekeepers in Ontario.  We (the beekeepers) were there to ask questions about bee deaths potentially caused by exposure to the pesticide Clothianidin.  Beekeepers in the US, Europe, and Canada (and probably other places too) have noticed massive bee die-offs that correspond closely to planting of corn.  Corn seeds are coated in pesticide prior to planting, and then shot into the soil using ...


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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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