Answer: C. Corn. A new product from corn could make laundry detergents safer for the environment. This product is added to laundry detergent to prevent calcium carbonate from turning white clothes a greyish color.
B. In their earliest days of life, baby pompano are almost transparent. That means they are almost invisible.
D. This device can find bugs hiding inside seeds and grain kernels.
A. Oil additives made from plants like corn can help motor oil do a better job of making engines run smoothly and powerfully without polluting the environment.
D. That's right. Witches' broom is a disease caused by a fungus that attacks cacao trees. Those trees' seeds, called "beans," are the source of chocolate.
B. An ARS botanist identified a strange grass like plant found growing in several cemeteries in Mississippi as blue sedge. some visitors may have left the sedge as a token of their respect at the graves of the Gypsy royalty buried there or seeds of the plant may have been trapped in the soles of their shoes.
C. Super Slurper is a starch-based flaky substance, called a polymer, that absorbs up to 2,000 times its weight in liquid. It is used in products ranging from diapers to oil filters and has even been used to dry soggy books in a flooded library.
B. The "waggle dance" is performed to send three different pieces of information to other worker bees: the distance and location of a food source, and how plentiful the source is whether it be pollen, nectar, or something else.
A. The banker plants store insects that fly off to gobble up pests that are attacking important crops.
C. An EPG monitor is a device that reads tiny electrical charges produced by an insect as it feeds on a plant.
D. Pollinators are insects that carry pollen from one plant to another so the plants can reproduce.
D. With the help of organic farmers, scientists discovered that common household vinegar kills weeds.
D. Agricultural Research Service scientists found that nematodes fight pests better when they are kept in mealworms that have been placed between two pieces of masking tape!
D. Six states from New York to Virginia send water from their rivers into the Chesapeake Bay.
Answer: All of the answers are correct.
Washing your clothes is a good precaution. Some ticks survive their adventure in the washing machine but they can be killed in a dryer set to high heat for an hour. You can catch Lyme disease when a blacklegged tick latches onto your skin and transmits a bacteria. Tick nymphs are quite small so you need to always check carefully for them after you've been outside. Ticks like dogs too so make sure you check your best buddy especially on the legs. A bull's eye-shaped rash can be one of the symptoms of Lyme disease so if you see one, or have flu-like symptoms, visit your doctor.
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