Japan to launch large-scale fire ant control measures

Jul 11, 2017

Japan to launch large-scale fire ant control measures

The government said Tuesday it will launch large-scale control measures against fire ants at 68 ports that regularly receive containers from nations where the venomous, invasive species is commonly found.The measures were adopted at a liaison meeting after fire ants were discovered mainly at ...

Vinegar offers hope in Barrier Reef starfish battle

/ Apr 27, 2017

Vinegar offers hope in Barrier Reef starfish battle

Coral-munching crown-of-thorns starfish can be safely killed by common household vinegar, scientists revealed Thursday in a discovery that offers hope for Australia’s struggling Great Barrier Reef.The predatory starfish is naturally occurring but has proliferated due to pollution and runoff at the World Heritage-listed ecosystem, ...

/ Feb 9, 2017

Indian doctor pulls live cockroach from woman's skull

It is the stuff of nightmares — a cockroach crawls up your nose in the middle of the night, burrows in and drives you mad with scratching behind your eyes. But for one Indian woman, this horror story proved all too real.The 42-year-old had ...

Catraband: Kitty smuggler caught in Auckland

/ Dec 22, 2016

Catraband: Kitty smuggler caught in Auckland

A cat-crazy Canadian woman who tried to smuggle her pet into New Zealand in a handbag was immediately sent home after being caught at Auckland airport, officials said Thursday, calling her attempt “very stupid.”Officials condemned the hapless bid to circumvent strict biosecurity laws after ...

Pesticide-resistant whitefly found in U.S.; crop devastation feared

Aug 18, 2016

Pesticide-resistant whitefly found in U.S.; crop devastation feared

A tiny, invasive whitefly that is resistant to pesticides and carries crop-devastating viruses has been found outdoors in the United States for the first time, raising concerns among fruit and vegetable growers.The Q-biotype whitefly turned up in April in the heavily manicured gardens of ...

Bacteria the yin and yang of dandruff, says study

/ May 13, 2016

Bacteria the yin and yang of dandruff, says study

Dandruff is not caused by a fungus, as many believe, but by an imbalance between two competing bacteria that naturally colonize the human scalp, according to a study released Thursday.Think of propionibacterium and staphylococcus as the yin and yang of healthy hair: when they ...