AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSquadrons of bumblebees are being deployed in the UK in a novel attempt to prevent grey mold from ruining the crop of summer strawberries.The bees are routed via a one-way system in their hive through a tray of harmless fungus spores which, when delivered to flowers, ensure that the grey mold cannot take hold as the fruit grows. New flowers on a strawberry crop open every day, which means that spraying with pesticides only protects those that are open at the time. “But the bees visit the flowers at the perfect moment for that flower.”(READ the story in the Guardian)Photo by Sun StarAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
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Rugby League Ben Te’o will play second row against his former club Wests Tigers in his first starting game of the year as the Broncos grapple with a mounting injury toll. Te’o trained in the No.11 jersey yesterday and will take the place of skipper Alex Glenn who is out of action for up to eight weeks with an MCL after a cannonball tackle by Bulldog Reimis Smith on Saturday night. The Broncos have other injury concerns. Matt Lodge (knee) and Kotoni Staggs (hamstring) did not train, with both injuries understood to be more serious than first thought. Hooker Jake Turpin has not recovered from a knee injury and also won’t be available for the trip to Leichhardt Oval on Friday night. Star back-rower David Fifita (knee) is also a week away from playing at least. Adding to Brisbane’s woes are a knee injury to centre Herbie Farnworth who did not train with the main squad on Tuesday. The English-born flyer will need to pass a fitness test on Thursday with Richie Kennar on standby. Winger Xavier Coates, who is expected to play against the Tigers, also trained with his thigh strapped. Teo, who has played five games off the bench this year for Brisbane, will start in the NRL for the first time since he tasted premiership success with Souths in 2014. His elevation against the club he made his first-grade debut for in 2007 is timely. “He’s going back to Leichhardt where he used to play so I think he is pretty excited about that,” prop Payne Haas said. “You can tell that he has been everywhere and he is pretty legit. He has succeeded highly in union and league. I’ve learned off him and been a sponge off him so it has been pretty good having him around.” Utility Cory Paix said the presence of Te’o in the starting line-up, with the experienced Glenn and Lodge out, was a boost. “Definitely a lot of leadership,” Paix said when asked what Te’o would bring to the table. “He stood up the most when he first came to the club and helped us young boys with a lot of information about the game and how it helps you go about your business. “He will come into the side and do a job there. He is a great player. “Ben is a big body and very aggressive, so as a nine I will look to use him on the short edges. He is very threatening there in the back-row so I’m sure most halves wouldn’t want to tackle him.” Paix, who played in the halves for most of his career, has been thrown in the deep end after Turpin’s injury and the release of Andrew McCullough to Newcastle, but the 20-year-old is relishing the challenge after a baptism of fire on debut in the 59-0 loss to the Roosters. “I like the physicality of playing in the middle, so it’s a good test for me and being part of one of the greatest clubs in history and playing alongside some of these players at the club is a dream come true,” Paix said. – nrl.com
By Peter StevensonOmonia Nicosia’s French-born Benin forward Mickael Pote is waging a personal war against racism in Cyprus.Pote, 30, has reacted angrily to monkey chants directed at him twice since November and been booked for protesting.“I’ve heard these sorts of noises before, during a game, but it was usually isolated and so I never reacted. This time it was from a large group which made it difficult for me not to react,” Pote told Reuters.On Nov. 30 fans of champions APOEL Nicosia directed monkey chants at Pote and the former Dynamo Dresden player applauded before impersonating a monkey by curling his hands towards the side of his body.Pote has only been on the island since the start of the season but he is the first black player in Cyprus brave enough to fight back against racist abuse.Pote, top scorer in the Cypriot league this term with nine goals, was booked by the referee for inciting the crowd but it was APOEL who were later punished for their fans’ behaviour.The Cyprus FA handed the club a 10,000 euros ($12,300) fine and closed the stand where the abuse came from for one match.Pote suffered more monkey chants in early December when Omonia played agaist Anorthosis Famagusta, and this time he went through the correct channels and told the referee what he could hear from the stands.An announcement was made over the stadium tannoys, pleading with fans to stop the abuse. The game finished but afterwards Pote approached the section where the racist chants came from, in an attempt to come face-to-face with those hurling abuse.“The anger accumulated inside of me and I just lost it. I regret losing my temper in that situation, like I always regret it when I lose my patience,” he said.He added that he felt disappointed that black players from opposing teams had not had the strength of character to approach their own fans to tell them to stop the racist abuse.“These players do not have any personality, they are scared of their own fans’ reaction,” he said.However, the Benin striker said he had been overwhelmed by the support he had received from his club and their fans.He has also had hundreds of messages of support from APOEL fans, ashamed of other supporters’ behaviour, fellow professionals on the island and APOEL club captain Constantinos Charalambides through the local media.This has given Pote the strength to continue his fight, although he is concerned that racist behaviour will reflect badly on Cyprus and discourage players from moving to the island for fear of the same kind of treatment from the fans.“These incidents will not scare me to leave Cyprus, I’m stronger than the racists. Their actions give me strength and make me want to play stronger — it will never get me down,” he said.