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SCIENCE
May 10, 2003 | From Reuters
Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus and a strain of malaria have developed a resistance to insecticides because of a single-letter mutation in their genetic code, scientists said. Researchers at the University of Montpellier II in France said the alteration could be the cause of 25 years of resistance to insecticides among insects that carry the disease. The mutation makes a key enzyme in the mosquitoes less sensitive to ingredients in some insecticides.
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MAGAZINE
February 16, 2003 | Matthew Heller, Matthew Heller's last story for the magazine was about the new state prison in Delano.
The San Bernardino County town of Colton is the only city in the nation with an official, federally designated fly preserve. Hard as it may be to believe, this is not a distinction sought by city leaders, who can't imagine that the 10-acre, chain-link-ringed habitat of the tiny Delhi Sands flower-loving fly will ever challenge Mt. Slover, a 300-foot limestone peak owned by a cement company, as the city's major landmark.
OPINION
July 31, 2002
"Opossum Killings Test Limits of Cruelty Cases" (July 29) did not educate enough about how harmless to humans opossums are and why they are desirable to have around our yards and homes. They are nocturnal, so coming across one in the dark is scary. They hiss and show their teeth when they are frightened, but they don't bite humans. Indeed, if humans get too close, they freeze and appear to be dead, i.e., "play possum." This actually is an involuntary, shock-like state. I decided not to bother with traps or any efforts to remove them from hanging around my yard in the middle of Los Angeles when I learned that they dine on insects, cockroaches, snails, mice, rats and occasionally snakes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2001 | REBECCA COOK, ASSOCIATED PRESS
This is a story about a bug, a bird and a tree. The bug is a tiny caterpillar, the western spruce budworm, eating its way through eastern Washington forests. The tree is the Douglas fir, the budworm's favorite meal. The bird is the northern spotted owl, a federally protected species that frequents the same forests the budworms are devouring. Put them together and you get another story--a story about how hard it is to correct the damage when humans tamper with Mother Nature.
BUSINESS
October 3, 2001 | From Bloomberg News
Bayer said Tuesday that it has agreed to buy Aventis CropScience for about $4.9 billion in cash to become the biggest maker of insecticides and help replace lost income from the withdrawn cholesterol treatment Baycol. The purchase from Aventis and Schering will yield annual savings of about 500 million euros with an elimination of 4,000 jobs, Bayer Chief Executive Manfred Schneider said at a news conference. The company also will assume $1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2001 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cracking down on illegal insecticide sales, the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday announced more than $200,000 in fines against 15 stores that sold toxic pest killers that look like candy and blackboard chalk. Many are Asian markets, and six are in Los Angeles County. "In the case of some of the mothballs, they literally look like big bubble gum balls," said Leo Kay, a spokesman in the federal agency's San Francisco office.
BUSINESS
August 30, 2001 | Dow Jones
American Vanguard Corp.'s Amvac Chemical Corp. unit said Wednesday that it has agreed to acquire the Phosdrin insecticide business of BASF Agro BV. Financial terms weren't disclosed. American Vanguard said the acquisition is necessary to maintain Amvac's international sales of Phosdrin. The purchase includes all active registrations for the insecticide, access to the underlying data for the registrations and trademarks in 55 countries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2001 | MATTHEW EBNET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A northbound portion of the Costa Mesa Freeway was closed for more than three hours late Monday morning when a white Chevrolet pickup loaded with insecticide crashed, rolled over a dozen times and burst into flames. Five cars were involved in the crash too, and three people suffered "very minor injuries," said Kirk Summers, a spokesman with the Orange County Fire Authority.
BUSINESS
August 25, 2000 | Dow Jones
American Vanguard Corp. said its Amvac Chemical Corp. unit acquired the exclusive U.S. marketing rights to the Aztec 4.67% granular corn soil insecticide business from Bayer Corp. Financial terms weren't disclosed. American Vanguard, a Newport Beach-based agricultural products company, said it will market the insecticide formulation through its Smartbox Delivery System.
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