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New stinging ant species invades Kentucky

Known as the Asian needle ant, this species is thought to have invaded Kentucky in 2013. It is about twice as large as a typical odorous house ant and carries a stinger that packs a powerful punch.

By |2020-07-10T06:53:30-04:00July 11th, 2020|Environment|Comments Off on New stinging ant species invades Kentucky

From “seed” to shining “sea”: can new crops grow on oceans?

There are certain plants, such as the black mangrove, that have adapted to thrive in saltwater conditions. The researchers are trying to take the processes these plants use in surviving and adapting the genes of certain crops so that they can also be grown in saltwater.

By |2020-07-02T07:58:15-04:00July 3rd, 2020|Economy|Comments Off on From “seed” to shining “sea”: can new crops grow on oceans?

Will biotechnology help save the American chestnut?

In 1904, a chestnut blight (Cryphonectria parasitica) was accidentally introduced to North America from the introduction of Japanese chestnut trees into the United States for commercial purposes. Since then they have become exceedingly rare.

By |2020-06-29T15:08:13-04:00June 30th, 2020|Environment|Comments Off on Will biotechnology help save the American chestnut?