The cutting edge of molecular biology is the only hope for the U.S. citrus industry

In early 2014, Congress appropriated $20 million to research on the bacterial disease known as citrus greening, and through the Farm Bill, promised another $125 million over the next five years.  Citrus greening, which infects all types of citrus and … Continue reading

Invasive species, the unbelievably villainous enemy of biodiversity

There is very little black and white in nature; when it comes to environmental ethics, many management actions are a compromise between different valid perspectives, incorporating something that’s a little good and a little bad, no matter how you look … Continue reading

Reid Harris, Saving Amphibians with their Microbiota

I recently wrote a report in American Scientist on Reid Harris (et al.)’s work studying probiotics that could be used to treat the devastating disease chytridiomycosis in amphibians. I deeply respect Harris’s work. Here’s why: It cleverly weds two high-profile issues: (1) … Continue reading