Japan working hard to douse fire ant invasion

Reference | FYI Aug 7, 2017

Japan working hard to douse fire ant invasion

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Fire ants, a venomous, highly invasive nonnative pest, have been spotted over the past few months in various parts of Japan, prompting the Environment Ministry to both warn the public to seek immediate treatment for stings and take measures to prevent further infestation. First detected ...

106 Burmese pythons captured in Florida

World / Science & Health Feb 28, 2016

106 Burmese pythons captured in Florida

The 106 Burmese pythons captured over a monthlong hunt won't help control Florida's invasive snake population, but wildlife officials said Saturday that doesn't matter as much as the awareness they bring to the state's environmental concerns. Thousands of pythons, far from their natural habitat in ...

World / Science & Health Feb 11, 2016

Genome offers clues on thwarting disease-carrying ticks

Scientists have unlocked the genetic secrets of one of the least-loved creatures around, the tick species that spreads Lyme disease. The research may lead to new methods to control these diminutive arachnids that dine on blood. The researchers said on Tuesday they have sequenced the ...

Brazil to fund development of vaccine to fight Zika virus

World Jan 17, 2016

Brazil to fund development of vaccine to fight Zika virus

The Brazilian government announced it will direct funds to a biomedical research center to help develop a vaccine against a virus linked to brain damage in babies. Health Minister Marcelo Castro said Friday that the goal is for the Sao Paulo-based Butantan Institute to develop ...

In warming Arctic, mosquitoes may multiply

World Sep 16, 2015

In warming Arctic, mosquitoes may multiply

Rising temperatures in the Arctic may be good news for mosquitoes, which prosper with warmer weather. Researchers said on Tuesday that increasing temperatures are enabling Arctic mosquitoes to grow more quickly and emerge sooner from their pupal stage, greatly expanding their numbers and menacing the ...