|Pesticides deform two more species of California’s frogs|
Treehugger - 8/17/2009.By Sara Novak – Pesticides are again doing a number on California’s amphibian population according to a new study by Don Sparling of Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Mongabay. A poisonous cloud of endosulfan is blowing through the Sierra Mountains and into crucial frog habitats. Which frogs are falling victims and why is the die off so dramatic?
|Putting wasps to work|
Sun Journal - 8/17/2009.By Kathryn Skelton – Maine has become the first state to employ wasps as unwitting scientific accomplices. For volunteers with nets, ready to spring at a moment's notice, it's a project to protect the Maine woods from voracious beetles. State forest entomologist Colleen Teerling has spent part of the summer training volunteers and pairing them with colonies of cerceris fumipennis, a ground wasp whose young dine on shiny, wood-boring beetles and – happily for volunteers – don't sting. The effort, Teerling said, is all about keeping an eye out for the green metallic emerald ash borer, a beetle that's destroyed millions of trees in North America but hasn't been found in Maine, yet.
|Highmoor Farm: celebrating a century of research|
Kennebec Journal - 8/16/2009.By Craig Crosby – It was taken nearly 100 years ago, but the energy in the photo is still alive. Dozens of sharply-dressed men and women, eyes fixated on the speaker, gather around a box of apples. The apple growers who gathered for the Maine Pomological Society's first meeting at the Highmoor Farm in 1909 were anxious to hear what others at the new state-run experimental farm had learned that would allow them to grow better, longer-lasting apples. Not much has changed in the last 100 years.
|Timing’s the trick with garlic|
Portland Press Herald - 8/16/2009.By Tom Atwell – The garlic hasn't done really well over the past couple of years, so I booked a refresher course. The course was rained out the night I could attend, so I called up the teacher – David Gardner of Sanford – to get the benefits of the class without having to make the drive. Talking with Gardner, I found out that he had made at least a few of my mistakes.