December 27, 2010


Wasting disease found in Frederick deer

Chronic wasting disease likely could threaten the region's deer population for years, according to the state agency studying the illness.

A 4-point buck killed in western Frederick County in late November tested positive for the disease, according to a news release the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

The positive test marked only the second time the disease has appeared in a deer specimen in Virginia, according to the release. A hunter shot the buck near the West Virginia line, less than two miles from where Virginia's first case of CWD appeared last year, the agency reported.

The Northern Virginia Daily -
A Bridges
22 Dec 2010
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Location: Frederick County, Virginia, USA - Map It

Corals 'Severely Slimed' After Oil Spill, Expedition Finds

. . . While German said the team was refraining from making any conclusions about the source of the brown goo before the analysis was complete, he said, "it doesn't look like it's part of the natural system."

The coral were "covered in brown goop that we haven't seen anywhere else," German said, describing the site as a "smoking gun" that may be representative of other impacted coral communities.

German said that the coral coated in brown goop was about 7 miles southwest of the spill site.

LiveScience -
M Heger
22 Dec 2010
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Location: Gulf of Mexico - Map It

Bees One of Many Pollinators Infected by Virus Implicated in Colony Collapse Disorder

Penn State researchers have found that native pollinators, like wild bees and wasps, are infected by the same viral diseases as honey bees and that these viruses are transmitted via pollen.

This multi-institutional study provides new insights into viral infections in native pollinators, suggesting that viral diseases may be key factors impacting pollinator populations.

. . . According to Diana Cox-Foster, co-author and professor of entomology at Penn State, pollinator populations have declined for various reasons, including ribonucleic acid (RNA) viruses, which are emerging as a serious threat.

Science Daily -
22 Dec 2010
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