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2018-02-10T14:00:00.0000000Z
This image shows foragers of the desert fire ant, Solenopsis xyloni, collecting flower nectar. A recent article by Penick, et al., found that ants in this genus produce some of the strongest antimicrobials measured in social insects. But contrary to popular theory, not all ants seem to invest in potent antimicrobials. CREDIT: CLINT PENICK

NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY

Ants, like humans, deal with disease. To deal with the bacteria that cause some of these diseases, some ants produce their own antibiotics. A …

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Thief_ant_Solenopsis_molesta
Antibiotic
North_Caroline_State_University
Red_imported_fire_ant_Solenopsis_invicta_
Sydney NSW, Australia
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2018-02-10T14:00:00.0000000Z
Fruitnet http://www.fruitnet.com/eurofruit/article/174690/barking-up-the-right-tree
By Michael Barker

US trials indicate dogs could be a key weapon in preventing the spread of major plant diseases such as citrus greening

Dogs could hold the key to …

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Detection_of_pests_and_diseases
Sydney NSW, Australia
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2018-02-08T22:00:00.0000000Z
Cowpea leafminer - adults Cowpea leafminer - blotches caused by the larvae Cowpea leafminer - adult Cowpea leafminer - blotches caused by the larvae
Dear Pestnetters,
Kindly attached a few pictures of mining on Cowpea leaves and the adults if anyone can help with the ID. Hope the pictures are useful. These were taken from Sigatoka valley - Fiji. Adults are roughly 5 mm in length. 
 
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Cowpea
Leafminer
Sydney NSW, Australia
Identification request
2018-02-08T14:00:00.0000000Z
Big-eyed bug, possibly Geocoris pacificus
Dear Pest Netters,
Kindly attached a picture of an insect believed to be of the true bug family - from Sigatoka, Fiji. 
Please if anyone can help ID this bug. Thought to be a Big-eye bug of possibly the Genus Geocoris? If so then could be a …
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Fiji
Big_eyed_bug
Geocoris
Sydney NSW, Australia
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2018-02-06T14:00:00.0000000Z

A ProMED-mail post <http://www.promedmail.org> ProMED-mail is a program of the International Society for Infectious Diseases <http://www.isid.org> Date: Sun 28 Jan 2018 Source: Post-Courier [edited] <https:// …

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Bogia
Sydney NSW, Australia
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2018-02-06T14:00:00.0000000Z

Crop Biotech Update http://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=16163

A study conducted by researchers at the Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Institute (IBMCP), a joint venture of the Universitat Politècnica de Val …

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Spain
GM_tomatoes
Tuta_absoluta
Sydney NSW, Australia
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2018-02-06T08:00:00.0000000Z
An example of stem rust. Photo by John Innes Center

UPI https://www.upi.com/Study-warns-of-return-of-forgotten-crop-pathogen/7181518103653/

"There is the potential for stem rust to become an ever-increasing threat across Europe," cereal pathologist Paul Fenwick said.

By Brooks Hays&# …

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Barberry
Stem_rust
Sydney NSW, Australia
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2018-02-05T18:00:00.0000000Z

Phys.Org https://phys.org/news/2018-02-bacterial-superheroes-day-crops.html#jCp

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

The bacterium SA187 has been isolated from the root nodules of an indigenous desert plant that grows in Saudi Arabia. …

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Drought_resistance
Abiotic_stress
Sydney NSW, Australia
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2018-02-05T14:00:00.0000000Z

FreshPlaza http://www.freshplaza.com/article/189159/Ozone-treatment-reduces-rot

Citrus fruits have a tissue pH below 4 and are therefore heavily subjected to fungal attacks during the post-harvest phase. Penicillium italicum and P. …
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Penicillium_digitatum
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