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Crop spraying connected to treatment resistant fungal lung disease

A UK based study by scientists from Manchester University and Radboud University have made a connection between crop-spraying and resistant Aspergillus infection in lungs of people. The study compared the aspergillus fungus in people from North Yorkshire where fungicides are sprayed on to crops with aspergillus found in inner-city Manchester and away from crop-spraying. The…
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Radio-tagged bumble-bees reveal impacts of pesticides

A study involving the tagging of bees shows how neonicotinoid based pesticides influence the foraging of bees and interferes with the insects learning new foraging skills. The study was undertaken by researchers from Guelph’s School of Environmental Sciences and Imperial College London and was published in British Ecological Society’s journal Functional Ecology. The study by by Nigel…
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International taskforce back action on neonicotinoids

An international team affiliated with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has come down in favour of regulatory control of the neonicotinoids basec pesticides. The task force undertook a meta-analysis of 800 peer-reviewed studies and concluded that the evidence was sufficient to support regulatory action. The scientists from the Task Force on…
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Government has a sulk over badger cull

The UK government appears to have gone into a bit of a sulk over the badger cull and the criticism it was given by an independent panel that was set up to monitor the effectiveness of the cull. The independent panel will not be allowed to monitor the second year of the cull in Gloucestershire…
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10 day march to save the badgers proposed

I thought the readers of Wildlife News would be interested in this exciting new action happening soon, and hope you can share it among your supporters and help to make this a HUGE event! I can’t see how to send it to your main website as I can’t find a send news button at the…
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Gas the badgers says Princess Anne

Once again the British royal family have shown their love of killing or maiming wildlife. This time it is Princess Anne who in an interview set to be broadcast on BBC Countryfile thinks that badgers should be culled by gassing. While the public consistently supports non-lethal methods of TB control in badgers and wildlife the…
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Vultures under threat – Europe ignores Asian lessons

Europe has failed to take notice of the Asian experience with the cattle drug Diclofenac as it becomes more widely available on the continent. Used to treat animals for inflammation and other diseases vultures are unable to break down the chemical and die from renal failure. The impact of the drug was quick and devastating…
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Traditional rice farmers join forces to stop bio-piracy

100 small-scale farmers have launched a network to keep traditional crop varieties in common use and to try to prevent the varieties from being grabbed by large agricultural companies who could try and cover the genes of the plants with intellectual property rights. The farmers from 15 states in India have launched the National Seed…
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New badger study offers hope for vaccination

A new badger movement study – the largest ever undertaken – could offer valuable clues as to the best way to use vaccination as an affordable and workable solution to bovine Tb. The 4 year study based in Ireland and involving Irish and Canadian researchers looked at rare occurrences of long-distance migration that badgers sometimes…
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Conservation Grade beats Organic for helping birds

Shoppers who want to help farmland birds when buying their Christmas vegetables this year should look out for Conservation Grade produce rather than organic. A new study by University of Southampton has shown that farms awarded Conservation Grade status are better for farmland birds than fully organic farms. The study shows that threatened farmland birds…
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Bird numbers crash at Lough Neagh due to greener agriculture

Britain and Ireland’s largest freshwater lake, Lough Neagh has seen over-wintering bird numbers crash by more that 75% over the last 10 years. Ironically one of the main reasons for the crash is farm conservation measures to protect water quality. The result is that the productivity of Lough Neagh has dropped to more normal and historic levels resulting in less…
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Stable badger populations help reduce spread of TB

A new paper published in the current issue of Current Biology seems to show that vaccination is probably the most effective way of tackling TB in badger populations. The paper shows that the social networks of badgers have a major impact on the spread of the disease. THe research was carried out by the University of…
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Air pollution impacts on bees ability to find food

Diesel fumes from modern transport and agricultural equipment could be preventing honeybees from finding their food flowers according to scientists. The researchers from Southampton have discovered that air pollution can mask the odour of flowers. By masking the floral smells of different species the honey bees are unable to find their preferred source of food.…
Melanie Sønderup at trial site for crush concrete filter bed.

Can building waste reduce water pollution?

Freshwater ecosystems such as lakes and rivers can often be affected by pollution from run-off. One of the biggest problems is phosphorous which is often used as a fertiliser. When it gets into rivers and lakes it can cause algal blooms which can kill other wildlife. But old concrete could help solve this problem. A team…
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Breakthrough in eco-farming technology

Intensive agriculture is essential in the production of affordable food but it comes with a wider cost of environmental pollution. It’s not just the pesticides and herbicides that cause pollution. With intensive farming comes the needs for adding fertilizers. These nitrogen additives, essential to make crops grow, are also major polluters – especially of waterways.…
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Fungicides implicated in honey bee parasite susceptability

A study just publishes seems to show that honey bees can be exposed to sub-lethal levels of widely used fungicides which will make them more at risk from the gut parasite Nosema ceranae. The team of researchers in the United States pollen in beehives across a wide range of crops that required pollination. The researchers examined the…
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Badger lovers to find sanctuary at Asda, Waitrose and M&S

People who are against the badger cull have three options of buying their milk if they want to ensure they are not buying from farms that may be part of the governments badger trial. Three supermarkets have confirmed that they do not source their own-brand milk from Gloucestershire or Somerset. Wildlife charity Care for the…
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Palm oil rush comes to an end in East Kalimantan

The provincial administration of East Kalimantan in Indonesia has announced that they will be issuing a moratorium on new palm oil plantations later this year. While no date has been set the administration has said that with less than half of the permitted plantations actually planted and under cultivation no new permits will be issued…