Review of RHS profile on Honey Fungus

The RHS is a British Organization dedicated to the dissemination of information to gardeners. Their website features profiles of different diseases, pathogens, and parasites’ which could effect the the cultivated ecosystems of private gardens. In this Blog post, I review their profile of the group of pathogens collectively known as Honey Fungus. The article is … More Review of RHS profile on Honey Fungus

Transmissible Cancer? Must be the Work of the Devil!

Maybe it wasn’t devil that created it, but devil facial tumor disease surely is a evil disease. Tasmanian devils unfortunately are currently facing a disease known as devil facial tumor disease. This disease is a clonally transmissible cancer that spreads without the need of any other virus. Since being first noted in 1996, devil facial … More Transmissible Cancer? Must be the Work of the Devil!

Not Just a Warm Drink – Bourbon Disease is on the Rise!

Currently Bourbon Disease is taking its course slowly but surely to humans via transmission from ticks. By slowly, I mean that the virus is very slowly taking its toll within the U.S. in the southern region as well as the Midwest. This is a new RNA virus that is found to cause serious illness within … More Not Just a Warm Drink – Bourbon Disease is on the Rise!

Mad Cow Disease: The Not-So-Friendly Sponge

During this week’s case study, I had to cover the prion disease Mad Cow Disease (MCD.) Bovine spongiform encephalopathy also known as “mad cow” disease gives you all the clues you need in its name. Bovine meaning that the disease in question pertains to cattle, spongiform referring to the way that the brain of a diseased … More Mad Cow Disease: The Not-So-Friendly Sponge

Resistance in microbes

With the discovery of penicillin, it has enabled doctors to save over 80,000,000 lives. Many different antibiotics are being developed against different strains of bacteria, but at the same time bacteria themselves are developing resistance. The coming of superbugs, microbes with antibiotic resistance are now becoming a threat. With current trends, deaths attributed to antimicrobial … More Resistance in microbes

The Buzz About Varroa Mites: They Just Might Be the Key to Bees

The Buzz About Varroa Mites: They Just Might Be the Key to Bees Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is an unsuspecting phenomenon that has left beekeepers in confusion. Starting in 2006, beekeepers started to notice the death and disappearance if several of their colonies. They would go to c heck on them and BAM nothing left … More The Buzz About Varroa Mites: They Just Might Be the Key to Bees

More Epidemics to Come? How Climate Change is Affecting Mosquitos

Dengue fever, or commonly referred to as breakbone fever, is a deadly mosquito-borne illness. According to the World Health Organization, 50-100 million individuals are infected with dengue yearly while 20,000 people die from it. In the coming years, these numbers are predicted to get worse. Why? Because dengue fever is considered climate sensitive. This virus … More More Epidemics to Come? How Climate Change is Affecting Mosquitos

Prevention of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease in the US

Although historically considered a foreign animal disease in the United States, rabbit hemorrhagic disease has been cropping up in the country over the last few years. Since 2018, serotype 2 of the fatal rabbit disease (RHDV2) has been found three times in the American southwest. You may not think of cuddly rabbits as carriers of … More Prevention of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease in the US