LA JOLLA, Calif. (AP) — Sydney Brenner, a Nobel Prize-winning biologist who helped decipher the genetic code and whose research on a roundworm sparked a new field of human disease research, has...
THA MUANG, Thailand (AP) — Fall armyworms, a longtime American pest, are munching their way around the globe, raising alarm now in Asia after entrenching themselves in Africa.
BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Maine's Congressional delegation hopes a dispute over the rights of clam and worm harvesters to work the mudflats of Acadia National Park has been solved by a new...
Asian jumping worms may pose threat to Nebraska ag
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Experts are concerned about the potential threat posed to Nebraska agriculture by an invasive worm from Asia.
The Asian jumping worms can deplete soil of nutrients,...
New push to settle boundary dispute at Acadia National Park
BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Maine's congressional delegation is making a new attempt to address problems with the boundaries of Acadia National Park that complicate the harvest of clams and worms.
The four members of the delegation say they've introduced legislation in the Senate and House of Representatives to protect the rights of clammers and wormers to continue working the flats of Acadia's intertidal zones.
What makes chickens happy? Nobody is quite sure
NEW YORK (AP) — How do you measure a chicken's happiness? Is it in the way it runs for food? How much time it spends preening?
To size up what might make chickens happy in their brief lives, researchers at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, are putting 16 breeds through physical fitness and behavioral tests. They're watching how well birds scramble over a barrier for food, how skittish they seem and whether they play with a fake worm.
Woman arrested after emaciated pit bulls were found at home
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say the discovery of four pit bulls left emaciated and suffering from worms in cages collecting waste led to a Florida woman's arrest.
The Palm Beach Post reports 27-year-old Samantha Dwarka was arrested Saturday. She's charged with four counts each of animal cruelty and confinement of animals without sufficient food, water or exercise.
Complaint: Racial bias behind health woes in Alabama county
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An advocacy group claims Alabama health officials are discriminating against residents of a poor, mostly black county by failing to address sanitation problems that led to an outbreak of a parasite most common in underdeveloped countries.
‘I do it for the butterflies’: Monarchs rule this home
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Vonnie Black follows the erratic first flight of a monarch butterfly.
She smiles. She's seen it hundreds of times.
"They are just so amazing," Black said.
The great grandmother has been raising the orange and black butterflies for more than 20 years from her home in Hamilton Township.
Biologist: Drowned moose likely had brain worm
SOUTH HERO, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's moose biologist says brain-worm parasites and not onlookers probably caused the death of a moose that had drowned in Lake Champlain after swimming across about a 6-mile stretch of the lake from New York to South Hero.
Officials had suggested the exhausted moose was forced back into the water by people who had crowded around it to take photographs.
Invasive jumping worms confirmed in 2 Iowa counties
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — An earthworm native to east Asia has been confirmed in Dubuque and Muscatine counties in eastern Iowa.
The Iowa Agriculture Department says they're usually called jumping worms because of their vigorous wriggling when disturbed. They're also referred to as crazy worms or Alabama jumpers.
They can grow up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) long and are found closer to the soil surface than other earthworms and found amid leaf litter.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Scientists have found a fast-reproducing plant pest in Louisiana for the first time — and it's one that can attack many crops, including soybeans, sugarcane and sweet potatoes, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry said.
The roundworm, called the guava root-rot nematode or Meloidogyne enterolobii, is known to damage varieties of tomato, soybean and sweet potato that are resistant to a related pest, the Southern root-knot nematode.
Invasive worm expert to give Portsmouth talk
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — An invasive earthworm may be on the move in New Hampshire.
WASHINGTON (AP) — When you weigh all life on Earth, billions of humans don't amount to much compared to trees, earthworms or even viruses. But we really know how to throw what little weight we have around, according to a first-of-its-kind global census of the footprint of life on the planet.
Humans only add up to about one ten-thousandth of the life on Earth, measured by the dry weight of the carbon that makes up the structure of all living things, also known as biomass.
For second-graders at Bishop McNamara Catholic School’s Bourbonnais Campus, every day for the rest of the school year will be Earth Day.
Or, make that Earth Worm Day since University of Illinois Extension’s staff member Holly Froning introduced them, teacher Sharon Clark and aide Cheryl Bevis to “a very unusual new word — vermiculture — composting with worms” — a process to make new earth.
IOWA COUNTY -- March did not give those who push spring much chance to see early signs of what was ahead.
Hunters, anglers, other gatherers and observers need to find clues that spring is ahead.
Looking in all the right places, at suitable times, and when conditions are optimum help tip the scale in favor of seeing spring renew.
JOHNSON CREEK -- One of the newest invasive pests to plague home gardeners, jumping worms, will be the topic of a presentation at Sustain Jefferson's Spud Fest! on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Johnson Creek Community Center, 417 Union St.
Jodie A. Ellis, natural resources educator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, will speak about this worm species from Asia that gets its name from the way the worms thrash wildly, even appearing to jump, when disturbed.
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- The News-TimesEarth Matters Destructive jumping worms can clone themselvesApril 28, 2019
- Watertown Daily TimesSustain Jefferson sets gardening workshopsMarch 20, 2019
- The Spokesman-ReviewNorth Central High School students’ genetic work on worms could help scientists make breakthroughsFebruary 11, 2019
Dear Doctor: Please tell me more about the recent story in the news about the young woman who spent time on a ranch and then found worms living inside her eyes. We are cattle ranchers, and now I'm worried about my husband and kids.
Julian Assange labeled ‘miserable little worm’ by British politician amid embassy standoff
WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange was labeled a "miserable little worm" on Tuesday by a British politician pushing for him to leave the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.
"It's of great regret that Julian Assange remains in the Ecuador Embassy," Alan Duncan, a junior U.K. foreign affairs minister, said during a question-and-answer session, Reuters reported.
Q: I read a terrible story about a couple who went to the Caribbean and got hookworms by going barefoot. Is that only possible in the tropics, or should I be worried here in the United States? I hate wearing shoes in summer. A: Let’s start with a recap of the story. A couple visiting a Caribbean resort came home with more than a tan. After a barefoot walk on the beach, their feet began to itch. They chalked it up to bug bites and, amid much scratching, continued their vacation. Once home,...
Dear Doctor: I read a terrible story about a couple who went to the Caribbean and got hookworms by going barefoot. Is that only possible in the tropics, or should I be worried here in the United States? I hate wearing shoes in the summer.
Fix to keep worm diggers in national park gets House OK
Commercial harvesters have dug for critters such as worms, clams and periwinkles on the mudflats around Acadia National Park for generations, and federal legislation moving through Congress would make sure they continue to do so.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Forget the worm at the bottom of your bottle of mescal. Mexican environmental inspectors have found whole boas and iguanas stuffed into bottles of mezcal at a market in the southern state of Oaxaca.
The wide-mouth bottles were filled with "artisanal, wild agave" mezcal that was apparently meant to be drunk, albeit probably on a bet.
BILLERICA -- "I can't wait to turn into a butterfly," the caterpillar says to the worm, as they admire the monarch butterfly floating above them.
"Yeah, me too," the worm responds.
The caterpillar gives the worm some "side-eye," but can't bring itself to deliver the heartbreaking news.
"The caterpillar just doesn't want to tell him," Jimmy Craig says about his favorite comic.
"Eyes can communicate a lot of expression," he added about his creation. "That one came out exactly how I wanted it to."
Soil is the root of all life, including super nachos.
Amy Sandeen, executive director of the Prairie Loft Center for Outdoor and Agricultural Learning, on Tuesday afternoon gave 28 members of the Hastings Middle School Science Club a lesson in the lives and biology of plants and the importance of soil.
One of the first things she did was ask club members what they had for lunch. Sixth-grader Manny Silva told her he had eaten super nachos.
14 worms pulled from woman’s eye after rare infection
NEW YORK (AP) — An Oregon woman who had worms coming out of her eye is being called the first known human case of a parasitic infection spread by flies.
Fourteen tiny worms were removed from the left eye of the 26-year-old woman in August 2016. Scientists reported the case Monday.
The woman, Abby Beckley, was diagnosed in August 2016 with Thelazia gulosa. That's a type of eye worm seen in cattle in the northern United States and southern Canada, but never before in humans.
Warren Buffett says health care costs are like a tapeworm on the American economy.
Medical experts say: We should be so lucky.
The famed investor known for his folksy wit drew the tapeworm analogy in late January when explaining why he’s joining forces with Amazon and JPMorgan Chase in a high-profile effort to tackle the intractable problem of rising expense for health care.
Wisconsin biologist names new parasite after parents
ONALASKA, Wis. (AP) — After graduating from college, Eric Leis meant to thank his parents for their support. He never got around to sending a card, but 10 years later he showed his gratitude — by naming a parasite after them.
Leis, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, published an article last month in the journal Parasitology Research on one of two new species he discovered in the gills of a Mississippi River catfish.
Pet ownership is a joyful and loving experience. It is also a lifetime financial commitment. Today, I am dedicating my column to a breakdown of the various expenses associated with dog ownership. This is as much for the benefit of my readers as it is for me! Not to worry, cat lovers, next week I will talk about the expenses of cat ownership. The purchase: Your initial expense will be the adoption or purchase price. A reputable breeder will charge a competitive price. Typically, the breeder will...
Bill to fix dispute over Acadia clam, worm digging moves on
BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — A bill that seeks to resolve border disputes between Maine's Acadia National Park and its neighbors has cleared a key hurdle.
The House Committee on Natural Resources is unanimously endorsing the bill, which includes language designed to end confusion between park rangers and the clam and worm harvesters who work the mudflats.
RIO HONDO — Scientists working at the Russell Ranch here seem unconcerned about setting loose billions of known killers in the Rio Grande Valley.
But if it works, an experimental process against cattle fever ticks could mean the end of the controversial aerial culling of hundreds of nilgai antelope at nearby Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.
Surgeons remove worms, parasites from N. Korean soldier
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Surgeons treating a North Korean soldier who was severely wounded by gunfire while escaping to South Korea have removed dozens of parasites from his body, including presumed roundworms as long as 27 centimeters (11 inches), hospital officials said.
Proposal would protect clam, worm harvest around Acadia
BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Maine's congressional delegation says legislation is necessary to ensure clam and worm harvesters are allowed to keep plying their trade near Acadia National Park.
Sen. Angus King, an independent, and Susan Collins, a Republican, are introducing the bill in the U.S. Senate. They say generations of clam and worm harvesters have made their living on Acadia flats, and the government must allow them to keep doing so.
Kansas farmer creates worm business
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kelly Hammel never expected to become a worm farmer, but a work accident led him to the hobby, which has now become a small business.
In 2015, Hammel, who owns Worm Hippie Worm Farm, was pinned by a cow and got hurt while attempting to push the cow off. He had two surgeries, one of which led to complications, forcing him to be bedridden for a couple months.
Invasive fruit flies damage Minnesota fruit
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An invasive fruit fly from Asia is upending the economics and growing techniques for raspberries, blueberries and grapes in Minnesota.
A number of projects at West End Elementary School aren't simply focused on increasing engagement with handson activities, but about turning kids into active problem solvers for one of the world's most pressing issues — extending the food supply.
"People can't say 'no' to a third-grader telling you how to save the world," said Tiffany Abbott Fuller, adding that she would love to see students lead further lessons on environmental sustainability.
South Sudan winning against Guinea worm, says Jimmy Carter
TEREKEKA, South Sudan (AP) — War-torn South Sudan "should serve as an example" for other countries in the progress it is making in eradicating Guinea worm, said former United States President Jimmy Carter.
Speaking to the Associated Press, Carter praised the world's youngest nation for making steady progress in ridding itself of the debilitating parasite despite the "tremendous problems."
Hawaii records 17 cases of rat lungworm disease this year
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii officials are grappling with how to control rats, snails and slugs that are known to carry roundworm parasites, which can cause significant harm to people.
The state Department of Health has recorded 17 cases of rat lungworm disease this year, with the latest found in an infant last month, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported (http://bit.ly/2y8PxLe ) on Sunday.
Need roaches, worms? Nebraska company offers delivery
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — Most people would probably prefer not to have a house full of roaches, rats, worms and beetles, but Anthony Ward isn't like most people.
To Ward, they're not vermin, they're a business model.
Hawaii experts study snails to combat rat lungworm disease
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — About 200 snails on Maui Island are being tested for rat lungworm disease in an attempt to track the mollusks that caused an unparalleled outbreak on the island this year.
From January to March, Maui tallied six of the state's 16 cases of the disease, The Maui News reported (http://bit.ly/2xCAbOS ) Sunday.
The island had just two recorded cases before this year, one of which was confirmed in 2010.
Schumer: feds to help efforts to fight potato pest
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Efforts to fight a pest that threatens the potato industry are getting a boost from the federal government.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer announced Friday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has agreed to commit $400,000 to Cornell University's Nematode Quarantine Laboratory.
Fun With Worms: Locals Learn How to Make the Most of their Table Scraps
As Labor Day nears, the fleeting whispers of summer beg for a last hurrah. Maybe it’s a cook-out on the beach, or a picnic in Bruce Park.
But as scrumptious as summertime favorites taste in the moment, the fruity, leafy leftovers won’t seem so refreshing when they’re thrown out and become organic waste.
MOLOAA — Jaro Spichal says he’s in the business of multiplying microbes.
But, the Moloaa man grows more than bacteria and fungus at his farm nestled in the midst of noni tree groves on Kauai’s East Side.
Spichal is the owner of Kauai Worms and he’s on a mission to help the island’s farmers and gardeners amp up their production with worm castings and compost.
He sells his products at the Kilauea Farmer’s Market and in select feed stores on Kauai, but Spichal isn’t just retailing soil amendments.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Long before dinosaurs roamed the Earth, a bizarre creature with a Venus flytrap-like head swam the seas.
Scientists have uncovered fossils of a tiny faceless prehistoric sea worm with 50 spines jutting out of its head. When some unsuspecting critter came too close, its jaw-like spines snapped together and dinner was served.
TIFTON — University of Georgia Cooperative Extension’s newest plant pathologist will focus on improved control of plant-parasitic nematodes, the microscopic, worm-like pests that primarily feed on the roots of vegetable crops.
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Kathryn M. Flinn, Baldwin Wallace University
WAILUA — Ed Kawamura found a new way to get young people excited, and worm ranching was something new, Thursday during the 21st annual Ag and Environmental Awareness Day at the Wailua Research Station.
“Look at this,” Kawamura said. “I have all the different tools cut into strips. The kids have to choose a slip and go stand next to the tool that’s on the paper.”
Kawamura was one of nearly 24 vendors taking up the display area where students scrambled for answers for premiums.