While some are focussing on the impact of neo-nics on bees, University of Guelph researchers are making progress against another pollinator disease.Professor Rob Merrill says American Foulbrood disease is the most widespread and destructive of bee brood diseases.His team has found a toxin released by the pathogen that causes the disease and developed a lead-based inhibitor to work against it.Professor Merrill says their idea is to disarm the bacteria, without killing it.They feel that way the bacteria won’t feel the pressure to mutate.
Australian organic regulator pushes for GM-tainted crops to retain certification
One of the bodies that regulates Australian organic standards is pushing to allow crops that are accidentally contaminated with genetically modified material to retain their organic certification, in a move that would bring Australia in line with European regulators.
Under current Australian organic standards, products lose organic certification if they contain any level of GM material.
That’s what happened to Western Australian farmer Steve Marsh, who took his neighbour Mark Baxter to the WA supreme court claiming GM pollen from Baxter’s farm caused him to lose organic certification on part of his property. Marsh lost the case and has lodged an appeal.
University of Minnesota, Morris students gathered more than 654 pounds of produce from the campus vegetable garden this harvest season at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center. Led by Garden to Dining Services liaison Peter Kvale of Duluth, the harvest represents another success in Morris’ effort to increase….
MATAGALPA, Nicaragua – That morning cup of coffee gives many of us a needed boost, but Central American coffee farmers have found a new source of energy in their beans: turning agricultural waste water into biogas.
An often overlooked by-product of the world’s favourite stimulant, the water used to process raw coffee beans is usually dumped back into the environment untreated. In Central America, locals call it “honey water” because of its sweet taste and yellowish colour.
Extremely polluting, it is high in methane gas – a leading contributor to global warming produced, in this case, by the fermentation of the coffee tree’s berries.
Across Nicaragua, the 1.3million sacks of coffee produced annually generate pollution equivalent to about 20000 cars. Now a pilot project at 19 farms in Nicaragua, Guatemala and Honduras is treating that water, separating out the methane and using it to fuel electric generators.
“Look how high that flame is,” said Sarahi Pastran as she…