Pesticide Exposure is Harmful for Queen Bees Bumblebee queens are negatively impacted by exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides

Bees are important pollinators for plants not only in our home gardens, but in productive agricultural fields and natural environments around the world. If you’ve heard the phrase, ‘Save the Bees!’ at some point, it’s because some bee populations are READ MORE

Sunscreen: Hero for Humans, Villain for Marine Life? Choosing an eco-friendly sunscreen may help prevent harm to marine life.

Have you ever spent extra time at the store trying to decide which sunscreen to purchase? We try to protect ourselves from the Sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays to minimize the risks of contracting skin cancer or photoaging (changes to skin READ MORE

4 High-Impact Lifestyle Changes That Help The Environment In order to preserve air, water, and land, researchers comb previous studies to choose the actions that will have the biggest impact.

Imagine a kitchen in a busy household — dirty dishes piled in the sink, leftovers cold on the counter, and utensils strewn about. It’s hard to cook dinner in this situation. In a shared space like a kitchen, it is READ MORE

New Study Elaborates on What Aquarium Owners Already Know Aquarium owners know that the right bacteria are critical for a healthy fish tank. But which bacteria are the right ones?

Researchers in Germany and Switzerland used next generation sequencing to study an active aquaponics system. They sampled a biofilm from the side of the tank, the fish excrement, the plant roots, and the inside of the tank filter, called a biofilter.

Is Organic Farming Really Better? It Depends. Organic farming and conventional farming each have their own strengths and weaknesses that depend on application.

Organic farming and conventional farming each have their own strengths and weaknesses that depend on application.

Flashlight Fish and their Glow-In-The-Dark Friends The flashlight fish Anomalops katoptron uses light from glowing bacteria to find food in the dark

Animals are unable to tell us why they do the things they do, and curious scientists often want to find out. They set up experiments to see how animals behave in certain situations and try to determine the motivations for READ MORE

Bacteria-Powered Battery Helps Remove Lake Pollution Combining aquatic plants with a microbial fuel cell effectively reduces nitrogen pollution in water

Nitrogen pollution is a big problem in standing water such as lakes and ponds. The nitrogen comes from many sources, often agricultural fertilizers. Some of this nitrogen is in the water, but the rest of it is actually trapped in READ MORE

Growing plants with colored light changes their nutrient content Apparently, when you stress plants out by removing green light, they pump out more antioxidants!

Plants have five basic needs – food, water, air, light, and space. Outdoors, plants get everything they need from nature and some human intervention. However, when growing plants indoors, these five basic needs have to be provided artificially. Why would READ MORE

Grow High-Tunnel Lettuce Year Round on Fish Waste Flow-through aquaponics may help improve winter lettuce yields for farms using high tunnels, giving fish poop a whole new purpose.

A group of agricultural researchers at West Virginia University wanted to find out if it was possible to grow lettuce year round using high tunnel aquaponics instead of traditional greenhouse methods. Aquaponics is a term that combines “aquaculture,” the practice READ MORE

Can cold-loving bacteria help to clean up oil spills? The enzyme that breaks apart a major component of oil might be less active in the cold...

For several decades scientists have been interested in the ability of psychrophilic (cold- loving) microbial communities to degrade the various components of crude oil, which is a process known as bioremediation. Because temperature has a direct impact on enzyme activity READ MORE