Pests

Long-Term Study Reveals One Invasive Insect Can Change A Forest Bird Community

24th May 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on ScienceDaily.  “Eastern hemlock forests have been declining due to a non-native insect pest, the hemlock woolly adelgid. A new study from The Condor: Ornithological Applications presents some of the best long-term data showing how the decline of a single tree species (eastern hemlock) leads to the disappearance of birds specialized to… [more]

How Seeds from War-Torn Syria Could Help Save American Wheat

14th May 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Yale Environment 360.  “As temperatures rise, pests and diseases are moving north into the U.S. heartland, killing crops and diminishing yields. To combat this, researchers are turning to a wild grass variety whose seeds were smuggled out of Syria as the bombs fell. When a team of researchers set… [more]

The Secret Agents Protecting Our Crops & Gardens

14th May 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on the Conversation.  “Insect pests cause a huge amount of damage to crops globally. In Australia alone, pests are responsible for around A$360 million of crop losses a year. Controlling pest outbreaks is crucial for food security and human health. Since the 1940s, our primary defence against crop pests has been synthetic pesticides. But… [more]

How Farmers on the Great Plains Are Changing the Local Climate

17th April 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Salon.  “New crop practices trap more carbon in the soil, increasing rainfall and adding profits For the past century, the world’s climate has rapidly warmed, spurred by a precipitous increase in the concentration of greenhouse gases that trap the sun’s heat in the atmosphere, preventing it from rebounding into space. However,… [more]

Migrating Insects Provide Crucial Ecosystem Services

13th April 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on ScienceNews.  “Every autumn, a quiet mountain pass in the Swiss Alps turns into an insect superhighway. For a couple of months, the air thickens as millions of migrating flies, moths and butterflies make their way through a narrow opening in the mountains. For Myles Menz, it’s a front-row seat… [more]

Entomologists Mimic “Sexual Vibrations” Emitted by Insects To Control Pests in Vineyards

13th April 2018
Published under: Case Studies,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Ensia.  “Years of eavesdropping on insect sex talk is starting to pay off for grape growers: Disrupting the vibrations insects use to find mates could help prevent the spread of disease in vineyards around the world. Entomologists have taken the act of bugging conversations to a whole new level —… [more]