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Transgenic crops and honey bees

Transgenic crops were first introduced into the United States in 1996 and have become a major component of American agriculture. In a transgenic organism (also known as a genetically modified organism) some genes from one species are spliced into the chromosomes of another species. This is quite different from traditional plant or animal breeding in […] Read more

Mini cascara flowers are now in bloom

Cascara (Rhamnus purshiana), a small tree in the buckthorn family, is now in full bloom in western Washington—although you wouldn’t notice if you didn’t look very closely. The small nondescript flowers, growing in the leaf axils, are only about 3-5 mm across with five greenish-yellow petals. These trees grow in moist, acidic soils and tolerate […] Read more

Ten ways to help the bees, starting today

Humans are so intimidated by insects that we continually try to eradicate them even while we mourn the loss of biodiversity in other species. But it doesn’t work that way. The interplay of life on Earth is vastly complicated and the species are all interdependent. Saturday May 22 is International Biodiversity Day and I urge […] Read more

Ants in Your Bee Hive?What to Do