Tag Archives: biosecurity

Sentinel plants for pathogen detection

A Colorado State University laboratory is developing a unique plant-based method of detecting the arrival of high risk agricultural pathogens in new areas which will allow widespread, continuous and real-time monitoring. By designing receptors that influence the plant’s signalling pathway, … Continue reading

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Attack of the killer moths……

The giant moth was once thought confined to the world of science fiction. Researchers in Scotland are finding out that the giant moth, though smaller than its cinematic cousin, may wreak a similar level of damage to the coniferous forests … Continue reading

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Pesticide resistance – a new development

That bugs become resistant to pesticides over time is well known, however, while this resistance develops over multiple generations, bacteria can go through several generations in one day. New research has shown that some bacteria have evolved to be able … Continue reading

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Schmallenberg uncertain future

There are now 243 confirmed cases of the Schmallenberg virus on UK farms, as of 13th April 2012. Belgian scientists have now confirmed that three species of biting midges spread the virus, which causes deformed and stillborn lambs and calves. … Continue reading

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