November 18, 2010


Plight of the bumblebee

In a bid to curb the rapid decline in 10% of wild North American bumblebee species, international researchers have agreed on the key scientific priorities that will drive the next steps — including the establishment of a body to push forward research.

. . . Some researchers have pinned the die-off of native bumblebees on a fungal pathogen, Nosema bombi, which could have been introduced into the United States when commercial bumblebees introduced into Europe by breeders then brought back escaped into the wild.

. . . The researchers suggested organizing efforts to determine the pathogen's transmission rate and identify any other diseases possibly infecting the bumblebees.

Nature News -
17 Nov 2010
A Mann
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Mercury Elevated in Fish and Waters throughout Indiana

Mercury contamination in water and fish throughout Indiana has routinely exceeded levels recommended to protect people and wildlife.

About 1 in 8 fish samples tested statewide had mercury that exceeded the recommended safety limit for human consumption.

The causes include mercury in the rain and mercury going down the drain, according to a recently released federal study.

U.S. Geological Survey Newsroom -
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