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V.22 No.26 | 6/27/2013

opinion

Doubts and Droughts and Bark Beetles

What’s truly to blame for recent blazes across the Southwest?

I recently read some articles that were blaming bark beetles for all the forest fires. They said they are killing the trees, making them susceptible to fires. But, in reality, the drought is causing the problems. Bark beetles do not infest healthy trees, they infest trees that have been weakened. Trees and other plants give off chemical messages called kairomones. When trees are weakened because of lack of rain or for other reasons, the kairomones change and they attract bark beetles. Then the bark beetles give off insect pheromones that tells other beetles about the food source, the dying trees. Soon the trees are infested with bark beetles. As the trees further decline, they change their kairomones and other species of wood boring beetles come in. This process continues until the tree is dead. In the natural world, this is how it is supposed to happen.

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V.20 No.25 |

news

The Daily Word: 6.24.11

Let's get out of Afghanistan, Google under the microscope and fire whisperers

In the news: Petraeus says plan to get troops out of Afghanistan, Google abusing its power, ghost town shooting, top-selling weed killer, Fire whisperers, murder after miscarriages, Hackers:, behind-the-scenes best friends, eat well on planes, bad teacher

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V.20 No.24 |

news

Daily Word 6.17.11- Quit with the fires already

GLBT rights resolution, poison snakes, Yemen, Green Lantern

East mountain fire flared last night.

The U.N. passed a GLBT rights resolution.

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V.20 No.13 | 3/31/2011
Saturday night I investigated the Foothills Fire and got in the way with about 5,000 other gawkers.
Saturday night I investigated the Foothills Fire and got in the way with about 5,000 other gawkers.

news

The Daily Word, with Heath Ledger, beating hearts, monkeys in cars and heroic dogs.

In the news: Ten most ignorant politicians, dog saved a baby, lab-grown hearts, picture of Jesus, Cops play solitaire, dead mouse in a Monster Energy Drink, Monkeys race in tiny cars, ice-pick lobotomy, lunch with Roger Waters, rectal vodka tampons, Game of Thrones, Grimm’s Fairy Tales would make good movies, photo bombs, human blood, Infinite Tom Sellecks, Thank you, slaves, At the cloud, you must look, Ice Age, best of April Fools’, Foothills Fire, Ruidoso fire, Sevillita Fire, East Mountian residents without power, cops busted a drug house, mugshots, Heath Ledger

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