International Day for Biological Diversity

Biodiversity, or biological diversity, is the multitude of living things that make up life on Earth. It encompasses the 8 million or so species on the planet—from plants and animals to fungi and bacteria—and the ecosystems that house them such as oceans, forests, mountain environments and coral reefs. But, nature …

Honey Bees Feel Sting of Viral Disease

There’s nothing new in nature. Viruses have been around for as long as plants and animals, if not longer. Most viruses are benign to humans and other animals and in fact are essential for life. Some—as humans are finding out with COVID-19—have negative consequences. Chronic bee paralysis is a well-defined …

Insects Populations Have Been Declining for Nearly 100 Years, Study Reveals

Insect populations have been steadily changing over recent years. A new study, based on 41 countries across 5 continents has found that land-based insects have been declining at a rate of 1% each year. Scientists still do not fully understand the cause for decline. When did you last see a …

2020 – International Year of Plant Health

The United Nations General Assembly declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). The year is a once in a lifetime opportunity to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development. Plants are the source …

‘Extinction Crisis’ Threatening Global Food Supply, UN Report Warns

A drop in global biodiversity is putting our ability to produce food at risk, a new United Nations report warns. According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, biodiversity in food and agriculture “is indispensable to food security and sustainable development.” However, in recent years biodiversity at the genetic, species …