Breakthrough could aid development of bee-friendly pesticides

Source: University of Exeter

A joint study by the University of Exeter, Rothamsted Research and Bayer AG has discovered the enzymes in honeybees and bumblebees that determine how sensitive they are to different neonicotinoid pesticides.

The potential impact of neonicotinoids on bee health is a subject of intensive research and considerable controversy, with the European Union having restricted three compounds on crops that are attractive to bees in 2013. Continue reading

Invasive plant choking other life at Carolina Beach

In Star News Online

J. Chris Helms stands among a field of an invasive, aggressive weed called phragmites at Carolina Beach State Park.

The reeds are 4 feet high, thick and sharp during a hike through the patch and Helms, superintendent of the state park, said something surprising. Continue reading

Southern SARE awards over $2.4M in grants

The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) program has awarded over $2.4 million in Research & Education Grants to further sustainable agriculture research across the Southern region for FY2018.

Systems research-based funded projects include cover crops in woody ornamental production, managing plant-parasitic nematodes through sod-based crop rotation, tea production in Florida, and expanding marketing opportunities for small-scale ruminant farmers. Continue reading