New disease hits Georgia Vidalia onion crop

By Clint Thompson
University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Georgia is the only state that produces sweet Vidalia onions. It’s also the only state where onion farmers are tackling a new disease — yellow bud.

Yellow bud (Allium Cepa) turns onion leaves yellow, similar to a ripe banana. The plant either dies or loses the yellow color in the leaves and greens back up. While the plant looks healthy, the damage has already been done.

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Hunting for the world’s largest flea

This article appeared in The New York Times online edition on Monday, July 28th. It  tells the story of how a couple of entomologists captured and wrestled a mountain beaver to obtain a giant flea, Hystrichopsylla schefferi. If you’re a scientist, you’ll love the detailed description and history of the flea and how it relates in size to cat and dog fleas. If you just love stories, this is one of those heart-pounding narrations with a happy ending.

Read the story here. If the link doesn’t work, go to the New York Times and look for “The Great Giant Flea Hunt.”