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Environmental Group challenges Indiana's right-to-farm laws

Environmental Group challenges Indiana's right-to-farm laws

Many Hoosier families have been living next to massive industrial style farms in which huge number of animals lives. The Right to Farm Act provides protection for massive, factory style farms, which in return makes living of people nearby unlivable. Now, an environmental group is challenging the law on behalf of two rural families.

Sugar beet waste product could be billion dollar 'wonder material'

A Scottish company which has developed a material made from sugar beet waste believes the sky is the limit - literally. Cellucomp says its Curran product is twice as strong as carbon fibre and could one day be used to make airplane wings.

Boulder County invites public comments on plan to deal with emerald ash borer

Boulder County invites public comments on plan to deal with emerald ash borer

Boulder County is asking for comments from public on the draft version of a multi-year plan meant to avoid the threat of the emerald ash borer to an estimated 1,500 ash trees. The threat is being posed by the emerald ash borer to the trees that stand on county-owned or managed properties and along county road rights of way.

The county’s plan includes removal of more of those ash trees over the coming eight years. Besides, it calls for replacing some of those trees with other species.

Chisago County Infested By Emerald Ash Borer

Chisago County Infested By Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald ash borer has now moved a little farther into Minnesota. The state’s Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday that Chisago County has become the ninth Minnesota County to be infested by the pest.

The state’s Departmnet of Agriculture also stated that they have also spotted some tunneling in a tree where the invasive pests were spotted.

Earthworms release metabolites to counteract harmful plant toxins

Earthworms release metabolites to counteract harmful plant toxins

The mystery behind the earthworm's ability to ingest harmful toxins present in some leaves has been uncovered by the researchers as stated in the Journal Nature Communications. The molecular analysis of the gut fluid of this organism revealed certain active metabolites known as 'drilodefensins' that is known to counteract the toxins.

Earthworms are eco-friendly in a way as they return the carbon content back to the soil by recycling the plant leaves and maintain the natural cycle. They are called "ecosystem engineers" by Dr Dave Spurgeon of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Highly destructive beetle invades three New Jersey counties

Highly destructive beetle invades three New Jersey counties

According to reports, the state's department of agriculture said on Monday that a highly destructive beetle has invaded three New Jersey counties. Officials in Burlington, Somerset, and Mercer counties found the emerald ash borer beetle.

The insect attacks and kills ash trees. It was found in Bridgewater, Hillsborough, Westampton, Ewing and West Windsor In the three counties. According to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA), the beetle spreads quickly and that municipalities should plan to tackle the problem.

Efforts to Develop Aphids Resilient Wheat Defeated in Field Trials

Efforts to Develop Aphids Resilient Wheat Defeated in Field Trials

In an era where genetically engineered products have swayed the markets by offering novel features, a genetically modified (GM) wheat has failed in the field-scale tests to live up to its promises.

The controversial technology of genetic modification (GM), blamed for contaminating the environment and posing hazard for the food chain, has even more reasons to be criticized as a recent field trial of GM wheat has failed to ward off aphids.

EPA’s Proposal Ushers Contesting Claims of Farmers versus Bees!

EPA’s Proposal Ushers Contesting Claims of Farmers versus Bees!

In a new endeavor by Obama administration which is trying to reverse dramatic declines in bee populations, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) steps forward to safeguard these species as it is now proposing to create temporary pesticide-free zones during blooming, on croplands where professional beekeeping is practiced.

May Berenbaum, University of Illinois entomologist asserted that it may not be ideal, but it is the best news for bee restoration in about 120 years!

5 Decades Old Truman’s Agave Plant Blooms For First Time before Its Dies

5 Decades Old Truman’s Agave Plant Blooms For First Time before Its Dies

A huge plant at Truman State University is all set to put on the blockbuster show of its life. The giant plant is sitting at the Truman State greenhouse in Kirksville for roughly five decades.

As per experts, Truman’s agave plant, or Agave Americana, is now entering its flowering stage, reaching out through the greenhouse’s roof.

The Lisa Hooper, associate professor of biology at Truman State and chairperson of the greenhouse committee, said that they had to remove panels from the ceiling before the plant smashes through it.

Roseroot herb can be effective treatment option for depression: study

Roseroot herb can be effective treatment option for depression: study

Rhodiola rosea (roseroot), which has long been used in traditional folk medicine across Europe to enhance work endurance and increase longevity, may also be helpful treatment option for depression/major depressive disorder (MDD), a new study suggests.

A group of researchers led by Assistant Professor Dr. Jun J. Mao, of Family Medicine, Community Health & Epidemiology at the Perelman School of Medicine of University of Pennsylvania analyzed roseroot herb’s effects on patients with mild to moderate MDD along with sertraline, a commonly prescribed antidepressant therapy.

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