Mushroom Offers Hope for Bees as Fungus Extract Kills Viruses Contributing to Global Collapse of Colonies
‘Time is running out for bee populations and the safety and security of the world’s food supply hinges on our ability to find means to improve pollinator health’
Diseases contributing to the global decline of bees could be beaten using a medicine created from mushrooms, according to new research.
Scientists found the fungal remedy caused a massive reduction in two strains of a virus carried by infestations of varroa mites, which began to devastate the UK’s bee populations and those further afield in the 1950s, after it was spread by closely related Asian honeybees.
Read The Independent’s full article here.
Cats Are Surprisingly Bad at Killing Rats
Over a 79-day period, feral felines killed just two rats, instead opting to hunt less challenging prey
Cats are contradictory creatures. A 2017 study found that domestic felines—deemed one of “the most ubiquitous and environmentally damaging invasive predators on Earth”—have contributed to the extinction of at least 63 global vertebrate species, but new research published in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution suggests feral cats are embarrassingly ineffective when it comes to catching the prey most commonly associated with their urban jaunts: rats.
Learn more about how cats aren’t the rat killers they’re known to be here!
Bed Bugs? Chemical Pesticides Aren’t the Answer
In June, the Environmental Protection Agency called for a ban on the use of boric acid on carpets, saying the chemical is hazardous to children’s health. This was long overdue, as independent researchers and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have for years warned us about the dangers of overusing pesticides to fight bed bugs.
The fact is that not only can chemical pesticides harm kids, both during and after application, but they’re also not the best answer to bed bug infestation.
You can read more on this bed bug article here.
Pest Control Services Market to Witness Steady Growth at 5.0% CAGR During
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For an in-depth analysis of the growth statistics, you can read more here.