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    Managing Pests With Fall Garden Clean-Up

    Managing Pests With Fall Garden Clean-Up

    If you let plant debris or residue stand, you're allowing for the possibility of all sorts of problems next season. Plant debris can harbor different fungal blights or overwintering insects.

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    'Intensive' beekeeping not to blame for common bee diseases

    'Intensive' beekeeping not to blame for common bee diseases

    More 'intensive' beekeeping does not raise the risk of diseases that harm or kill the insects, new research suggests.

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    European Earwig: Fruit Pest, Potential Ally, or Both?

    European Earwig: Fruit Pest, Potential Ally, or Both?

    With menacing rear-pincers, and the name "earwig," the European earwig (Forficula auricularia) is creepy. However, what role do they play in agricultural settings like orchards?

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    Samurai wasp, Trissolcus japonicus, detected in Utah

    Samurai wasp, Trissolcus japonicus, detected in Utah

    On June 17 2019, two brown marmorated stink bug egg masses that were parasitized by Trissolcus japonicus were found on northern catalpa (Catalpa speciosa) leaves in Salt Lake City. This is the first detection of T. japonicus in Utah.

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    How plants cope with iron deficiency

    How plants cope with iron deficiency

    Researchers have discovered a new switch that plants use to control their responses to iron deficiency

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    Dangerous bee virus might be innocent bystander

    Dangerous bee virus might be innocent bystander

    Beekeepers urged to rethink fears around deadly virus. A study challenges the long-held belief that the parasitic Varroa mite transmits the deformed wing virus of honeybees and in doing so changes the virus to make it more virulent and deadly.

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    Future of US citrus may hinge on consumer acceptance of genetically modified food

    Future of US citrus may hinge on consumer acceptance of genetically modified food

    The battle to save the citrus industry is pitting a team of agriculture researchers against a formidable brown bug, the Asian citrus psyllid, which spreads citrus greening disease.

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    No Buzz, No Problem: Study Shows How Honey Bees Pollinate Blueberries

    No Buzz, No Problem: Study Shows How Honey Bees Pollinate Blueberries

    Because blueberry flowers are bell shaped, with their interior recessed in a tube of petals, effective release of pollen from the flowers depends on an insect behavior of rapidly vibrating wing muscles, called buzz pollination. Honey bees do not perform buzz pollination, and thus are thought to be inefficient as blueberry pollinators. Despite this, all large blueberry farms of five or more acres rent honey bee hives, and the honey bees successfully aid in crop pollination.

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    New CRISPR-based technology developed to control pests with precision-guided genetics

    New CRISPR-based technology developed to control pests with precision-guided genetics

    Using the CRISPR gene editing tool, researchers have developed a new way to control and suppress populations of pests that ravage agricultural crops and transmit deadly diseases.

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    Blueprint for plant immune response found

    Blueprint for plant immune response found

    Researchers have discovered the way plants respond to disease-causing organisms, and how they protect themselves, leading the way to potential breakthroughs in breeding resistance to diseases or pests.

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