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Plant chemicals benefit both health and home
Scientists are finding innovative ways to improve our lives with plant-based chemicals. Essential oils for controlling termites safely, aroma chemicals with antioxidant activity, and vegetable oils that reduce cholesterol are among the papers being presented at the 224th national meeting of the American Chemical Society. (2002-08-22)

ACS announces awards for environmentally-conscious business innovation
A Pittsburgh researcher and companies in Connecticut, Minnesota, New Hampshire and North Carolina were honored today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for usingchemistry to improve the environment. Nominations for the awards are judged by an independent panel of technical experts convened by the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society. (2002-06-25)

Bug vs. bug: scientists use microorganisms to target destructive termites
Government scientists are developing a new weapon against the Formosan subterranean termite, a highly destructive species that has caused millions of dollars in damage to houses and trees in the United States. The method involves exposing the termites to their natural enemies, certain species of bacteria or fungi, which infect and kill the pests. (2002-04-11)

MSU study finds new microbial source of nitrogen fixation
A team of scientists from Michigan State University has discovered that spirochetes in termite guts are a source of nitrogen fixation, the process that converts the nitrogen in the atmosphere into a form that is used by all life on Earth. (2001-06-28)

Microbiologists find a new source of nitrogen fixation
Microbiologists have discovered that a type of bacteria found in termite guts and in fresh and salt water plays a major role in the process of nitrogen fixation. All organisms require the element to survive. (2001-06-28)

Wood preservation: stopping termite destruction and making safer wood preservatives
Papers in this symposium are only embargoed until date and time of presentation.
Treasured wooden structures throughout the United States are being destroyed by wood- eating organisms, including shipworms, termites and fungi. New insights into these pests and the development of environmentally friendly wood preservatives will be described on April 4-5 at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Diego. (2001-04-05)

Chemistry in the Amazon: Tropical birds, Amazonian tribespeople derive medicinal benefits from insects, plants
Eloy Rodriguez, professor of environmental studies at Cornell University discusses how tropical birds and Amazonian tribespeople derive medicinal benefits from insects and plants, and the interconnection between the conservation of biodiversity and the preservation of human and animal health. (2001-03-25)

News briefing schedule
Schedules of briefings for news media attending the 221st national meeting of the American Chemical Society April 1-5, in San Diego, California. (2001-03-25)

American Chemical Society April 1-5 meeting highlights vaccine research, functional foods, and insect control
New vaccine research for flu, herpes and other infections, functional foods that promote health, and new preservatives that battle insects such as termites will be presented at the 221st national meeting of the American Chemical Society April 1-5 in San Diego, Calif. (2001-02-13)

Chlordane found in foods decades after pesticide use
Chlordane, a now-banned hazardous chemical introduced more than five decades ago, is still in the ground, affecting foods grown where it was used. Small amounts of chlordane in foods accumulate in the human body and can lead to digestive and nervous system disorders, according to an American Chemical Society report. (2000-05-01)

Formosan termite may be top concern of entomologists of the new millenium, according to report
The greatest challenge in the man-insect wars in the new millennium, at least in the United States, may be a swarming little nuisance called the Formosan termite, a transplant from Asia that has been gnawing its way north from the Louisiana-Texas coast for the past 35 years. (2000-01-31)

UI Researcher's Study On Termite Bacteria May Aid In Greenhouse Gas Understanding
Wood-eating termites' digestive processes, which prove so maddening to homeowners, may provide insight into why some animals produce more greenhouse gasses than others, said a University of Iowa researchers whose work appears in the Jan. 29 issue of Science. (1999-01-29)

LSU Agricultural Center Researchers Develop Termite Detection System
One day a typical home may include a termite detector in addition to the customary smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. And that day could be soon - once a new termite detection system developed by the LSU Agricultural Center is perfected and on the market. (1998-11-24)

Patented Bait System May Hold Answer To Combating Formosan Termites
An historic cotton warehouse on New Orleans' riverfront is the site for a field test of a new patented bait system that holds the promise of controlling dreaded Formosan subterranean termites. Louisiana State University Agricultural Center researchers developed the bait system that lures termites into a feeding chamber and then entices them into a second chamber containing toxin-laced material, which the invaders carry back to their nest to kill the entire colony. (1998-10-29)

Do Termites Use
Just as humans may use naphthalene (1998-05-01)

Biologist Experiments With His Own Front Yard
ASU Biology Professor John Alcock's neighbors think he's nuts. He re-landscaped his front yard to attract insects -- even termites -- to do at-home science. His new book, IN A DESERT GARDEN: LOVE AND DEATH AMONG THE INSECTS (W.W. Norton) successfully makes behavioral research exciting and alive-- even if you hate bugs. (1998-02-03)

Divorce, Insect Style: Termites Swap Mates
Before settling down to spend the next five years raising a family, some mate-for-life termites use their brief honeymoon to find a better mate, a Cornell University biologist has discovered. Janet S. Shellman-Reeve's study of the wood- dwelling, biparental termite Zootermopsis nevadensis marks the first scientific documentation of behavior called (1998-01-21)

Termites' Attraction To Small Amounts Of Carbon Dioxide Lures Pests To Their Deaths
How do you get rid of termites? A Colorado State University scientist has found a natural way--with small amounts of carbon dioxide. Louis Bjostad's studies discovered that the gas attracts termites and is now being used to create safer and cheaper pesticides. (1998-01-15)

Skull Of Refrigerator-Size Ancient Armadillo Finds A Home At UF
At more than 6 feet long and weighingup to 600 pounds, this is one armadillo that likely wouldn't have ended up as road kill. That's about the size of the armadillo UF researchers say roamed Florida 10,000 years ago, and now they have a well-preserved skull to prove it. (1997-12-16)

Sandstone Pillars In New Mexico Identified As Fossil Termite Nests
More than 100 sandstone pillars in New Mexico reaching heights of 20 feet above ground appear to be giant, fossilized termite nests roughly 155 million years old, according to new research by a team of Colorado scientists. (1997-10-23)

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