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The Organic Center is holding its 12th Annual VIP Dinner on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 in Anaheim, CA. With over 500 attendees expected, you won’t want to miss the largest organic business networking event at Expo West. At this celebratory fundraising dinner, you’ll hear thought-provoking keynote speakers discuss the intersection of food, farming, science and politics. A celebrity-chef-designed menu will feature delicious appetizers, delectable main courses, and mouthwatering desserts made with the finest organic ingredients. The evening will start with a cocktail reception and end with a rhythm & blues soul band — so you can count on plenty of time to connect with friends, colleagues, and the industry’s leading innovators.

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Pesticides may affect the spread of invasive species

Nov 08, 2013


Photo Credit: Matthew Townsend

Photo Credit: Matthew Townsend

A new study from New Zealand shows that exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides can affect the way that invasive insects interact with native insects. The research focused on the invasive Argentine ant and the native southern ants, examining how their behaviors were altered by exposure to low doses of neonicotinoids. They found that exposure had differing effects on ant behavior, greatly skewing survival in favor of the invasive Argentine ants. While neonicotinoid exposure decreased aggressive behavior in native southern ants, it had the opposite effect on Argentine ants, increasing their aggression to a dangerous level. As a result, Argentine ants were able to completely eradicate native southern ant test populations. Neonicotinoid exposure also decreased Argentine ant brood size, so it is difficult to make conclusions about the future of these invasive populations. However, this study shows a clear example of how neonicotinoids may impact both native and invasive species, with the potential to push native ecosystems out of equilibrium.

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