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Hot Topic Article: Antimicrobial activity of Amazonian oils against Paenibacillus species. J Invert Pathol, 109(3):265-268.

A multi-institutional group of Brazilian scientists published this interesting work regarding a "natural" treatment for American foulbrood disease (AFB). A link to the abstract (included below) can be found here:


The Gram-positive, spore-forming bacterium Paenibacillus larvae is the primary bacterial pathogen of honeybee brood and the causative agent of American foulbrood disease (AFB). One of the feasible alternative treatments being used for their control of this disease is essential oils. In this study in vitro antimicrobial activity of Andiroba and Copaíba essential  Read More 
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Who is Dr. Michael Bodri?

Mike Bodri was set on becoming a herpetologist until the poor job outlook altered his career plans and he decided to pursue entomology. After earning his BS and while pursuing a MS in entomology, his desire to work with non-domestic animals increased and he decided that the best way to indulge his passion for “ Read More 
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Who Is Dr. Michael Stoskopf?

Dr. Michael Stoskopf is a quadruple Professor at North Carolina State University with his primary appointment as a Professor of Aquatics, Wildlife Health in the Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, and professorial appointments in Molecular and Environmental Toxicology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering, and Fisheries,  Read More 
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Hot Topic Article: Invasive crayfish and crayfish plague on the move....;Dis Aquat Org 98:85-94.

A group of European scientists, led by Lucian Parvulescu of the West University of Timisoara, Romania, report on the spread of crayfish plague in Europe, a direct result of invasive North American crayfish species. The following abstract comes from the Diseases of Aquatic Organisms web site ( Read More 
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Hot Topic Article: Natural Coral Clones; Science 335(6072):1064

Australian scientists AJ Heyward and AP Negri report an unusual method of reproduction on Great Barrier Reef Corals. Below is the title, abstract, and link to the publication:

Turbulence, Cleavage, and the Naked Embryo: A Case for Coral Clones

After mass spawning events, coral embryos, lacking the protective capsule of other metazoans, are directly  Read More 
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Who Is Dr. Bernard Vallat?

I thought it might be of interest to highlight one of the book's contributors periodically so readers can learn a little more about the chapter authors. I'll begin with Dr. Bernard Vallat who wrote the Foreword.

Dr. Vallat graduated from the National Veterinary School, Toulouse, France, in 1971. He also has a degree  Read More 
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