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New banana disease in Africa threatens livelihoods of farmers - Citifmonline

Tue, 2014-04-15 08:42

Citifmonline

New banana disease in Africa threatens livelihoods of farmers
Citifmonline
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is warning countries to step up monitoring, reporting and prevention of one of the world's most destructive banana diseases, Fusarium wilt, which recently spread from Asia to Africa and ...
A horrifying disease is threatening to destroy the world's bananasSalon
Disease threatens banana crop – UNIndependent Online
UN agency urges countries to boost action against banana diseaseUN News Centre
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Prof discusses collective animal, insect behavior - N.C. State University Technician Online

Tue, 2014-04-15 03:47

Prof discusses collective animal, insect behavior
N.C. State University Technician Online
Iain Couzin, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Princeton University, spoke at the third annual Kwangil Koh lecture. Koh was a ... In recent years, Couzin said his research has led him through the subconscious aspect of social behavior ...

African Poachers Beware: Billionaire Brandishes His Wallet - Environment News Service

Mon, 2014-04-14 19:55

Environment News Service

African Poachers Beware: Billionaire Brandishes His Wallet
Environment News Service
A UNESCO World Heritage Site in southern Tanzania, Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest animal reserves in the world, inhabited by elephants, hippos, Cape buffalo and crocodiles. The helicopter will arrive in Tanzania in about six months, and ...

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Gardens: Heritage collection is labour of love - Scotsman

Mon, 2014-04-14 16:25

Scotsman

Gardens: Heritage collection is labour of love
Scotsman
THE heritage collection of plants originally bred and introduced by the Backhouse family was started with a remark my mother made during the planning of the new Rofsie Arts Garden at Rossie in Fife,” says Caroline Thomson. ... In an attempt to ...

UN agency urges countries to boost action against banana disease - UN News Centre

Mon, 2014-04-14 15:57

UN News Centre

UN agency urges countries to boost action against banana disease
UN News Centre
“The spread of Fusarium wilt could have a significant impact on growers, traders and families who depend on the banana industry,” said FAO plant pathologist Fazil Dusunceli, adding that “countries need to act now if we are to avoid the worst-case ...
Disease threatens world's bananasGlobalPost
Disease threatens world's bananas: UNAhram Online
"Fusarium wilt" threat to India's banana farmingBusiness Standard
TrustLaw -Fruitnet.com
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The Ultimate Bragging-Rights African Adventure: Gorilla Tracking In Congo With ... - Forbes

Mon, 2014-04-14 15:50

The Ultimate Bragging-Rights African Adventure: Gorilla Tracking In Congo With ...
Forbes
I asked them to show me an Africa I'd never seen before, and what they came back with fit the bill: tracking western lowland gorillas at the new Odzala Wilderness Camps in the Republic of the Congo (not to be confused with the neighboring Democratic ...

New research makes migrant species a conservation priority - Phys.Org

Mon, 2014-04-14 15:28

New research makes migrant species a conservation priority
Phys.Org
Dr Bethany Hoye, research fellow at Deakin University's Centre for Integrative Ecology says a 'networked approach' investigating community dynamics and eco-system functioning can assist develop effective conservation measures. "To develop ... "Animal ...

Unearthing the hidden healing powers of flowers - euronews

Mon, 2014-04-14 15:02

euronews

Unearthing the hidden healing powers of flowers
euronews
Scientists have been studying plants for many centuries, but there is still a lot to learn. In Athens, researchers are trying to unravel the mysterious properties of plants. Almost 2,000 plant species have been collected worldwide as part of a European ...

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Potential Ebola drugs are stuck in the big pharma pipeline - The Conversation

Mon, 2014-04-14 13:41

Potential Ebola drugs are stuck in the big pharma pipeline
The Conversation
As a virologist, I am often asked when science will come up with a solution to stop deadly viruses, such as the current Ebola outbreak in Guinea. With collaborators, I've helped design and test over a…
As Ebola outbreak spreads, vaccine remains years awayCBS News
As African Ebola Outbreak Spreads, Hopes for Vaccine Remain Years AwayHealthDay

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Should cities be for animals too? - The Guardian

Mon, 2014-04-14 11:12

The Guardian

Should cities be for animals too?
The Guardian
Humans are becoming ever more urban in their habits, yet it's only recently that scientists have attempted to quantify the impact of urbanisation on levels of biodiversity around the world. One striking recent global analysis of bird and plant ...

Breaking the glass ceiling: Women agricultural scientists - Daily News Egypt

Mon, 2014-04-14 10:35

Breaking the glass ceiling: Women agricultural scientists
Daily News Egypt
African Women in Agriculture Research and Development (AWARD), a Nairobi-based career development programme that supports women agriculturists across sub-Saharan Africa, is turning things around for these women. ... the culture and the society dominate ...

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Paris unveils its new ark de triomphe - the city's new natural-habitat zoo - The Independent

Sun, 2014-04-13 15:12

The FA Daily

Paris unveils its new ark de triomphe - the city's new natural-habitat zoo
The Independent
At a time when the very existence of zoos has been called into question by the slaughter of a young giraffe in Copenhagen, the new Paris zoo claims to be the most humane – and the most ecologically and biologically correct – urban animal park in the ...
Revamped Paris Zoo shows animals together in natural environmentThe FA Daily
New-look Paris Zoo rethinks 'humanimal' relationshipThe Korea Herald

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Amid growing prosperity, Rwanda's post-genocide generation comes of age - Christian Science Monitor

Sun, 2014-04-13 14:05

Christian Science Monitor

Amid growing prosperity, Rwanda's post-genocide generation comes of age
Christian Science Monitor
RUHENGERI, RWANDA. The clump of professional cyclists swept past a grove of banana trees and a field of potatoes, continuing up the steep hill toward a trio of mist-topped volcanoes. Skip to next paragraph ...

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Conditioning and Modifying Horse Behavior - TheHorse.com

Sun, 2014-04-13 12:01

Conditioning and Modifying Horse Behavior
TheHorse.com
Equine behaviorist Malan du Toit, from Cape Town, South Africa, wasn't always a horse guru. ... Du Toit presented some of his and others' research into how horses' minds function during the 2014 Cape Breeders Association seminar, held Jan. ... He first ...

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Factbox: UN issues guide to slow climate change - Reuters

Sun, 2014-04-13 10:44

Economic Times

Factbox: UN issues guide to slow climate change
Reuters
The 33-page summary, by leading scientists, is meant to guide almost 200 governments which have promised to work out a deal by the end of 2015 to slow climate change. Nations have promised to limit warming to a maximum 2 degrees Celsius (3.6F) ...
UN issues guide to slow climate changeIrish Times
Post-IPCC, we have missed the glimmers of hope on the groundThe Guardian

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Kenya safari: 100 years of Nairobi's Muthaiga Club - Telegraph.co.uk

Sun, 2014-04-13 06:49

Telegraph.co.uk

Kenya safari: 100 years of Nairobi's Muthaiga Club
Telegraph.co.uk
Macfarlane's dynasty stretches back to 1912 when her great-grandfather, Alexander Douglas, left South Africa to follow the new Uganda railway from Mombasa into the wildlife-filled wilderness. When he reached the Laikipia plains, he stopped and bought ...

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MYSTERY PLANT: This mystery plant is distantly related to lilies - Aiken Standard

Sun, 2014-04-13 04:17

MYSTERY PLANT: This mystery plant is distantly related to lilies
Aiken Standard
Photo by John Nelson The stem of this Mystery Plant will bear up to a dozen or more star-shaped, milk-white flowers. “Now 'tis the ... The plants don't get but about a foot tall with a shock of narrow, deep green, odorless leaves. ... It is native to ...

Science: Lemurs the spirits of our evolutionary past - The Sudbury Star

Sat, 2014-04-12 17:42

The Sudbury Star

Science: Lemurs the spirits of our evolutionary past
The Sudbury Star
You've landed on a mysterious island off the southeastern coast of Africa. It is a dark night and you ... Lemurs and many other species of animals and plants have existed on Madagascar for millions of years, but now stand on the brink of extinction ...

The Science of Anatomy is Undergoing a Revival - io9

Sat, 2014-04-12 13:41

The Science of Anatomy is Undergoing a Revival
io9
Two decades ago, when I was starting my PhD studies at the University of California in Berkeley, there was talk about the death of anatomy as a research subject. That hasn't happened. Instead the science of anatomy has undergone a renaissance, sparking ...

Do It All On A Family Trip To Cape Town - Forbes

Sat, 2014-04-12 13:00

Do It All On A Family Trip To Cape Town
Forbes
The town is still abuzz after its starring role in the 2010 World Cup, and there is so much to learn about, from wildlife (playful penguins at Boulders Beach) to history (tours of the townships, where your eyes will be opened to the way millions of ...