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Can compost be an alternative to methyl bromide?

Strawberries growing near the Pacific Ocean.

Writing on Earth Day, I am reminded of one of the world's major successes in environmental protection, the Montreal Protocol. Originally signed in 1987, it works to phase out ozone-depleting substances, including the soil fumigant methyl bromide, commonly used by strawberry growers. Twenty-seven...

Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 7:31 AM

A Bee That's a Delight to See

Female metallic green sweat bee, Agapostemon texanus, on coreopsis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What's that on the Coreopsis? Could it be--a bee? Yes, that's the metallic green sweat bee, also called an ultra green sweat bee, Agapostemon texanus.  This one  (below) is a female. Males and females are easily distinguishable.  The female is all green, from head to thorax to...

Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 8:01 PM

UC to host drought summit April 25 in Sacramento

Oak tree stressed by drought. Photo by Larry Costello

As Californians struggle through a third consecutive dry year, nearly 300 people are expected to attend the UC Drought Science, Policy and Management Summit on Friday, April 25, at the State Capitol. In January, when California was facing one of the most severe droughts on record, Governor Jerry...

Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 2:49 PM
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