Smokey the Bug

Melanophila-acuminataThe larvae of the pine beetle Melanophila acuminata can only develop by eating wood inside freshly burned trees. In order to provide for their hungry offspring, the Melanophila beetle, known as the black fire beetle, developed an interesting trait. They possess a small external organ (indicated by the arrow in the picture here) that detects infrared heat radiation (such as would be produced in a forest fire) from great distances. Continue reading

Industrial Symbiosis – A Collection from JIE

Turning waste generated by one company into raw materials for another has long been one of the most intriguing notions in industrial ecology. This strategy, known as industrial symbiosis—by analogy to the manner in which some species in nature cooperate to mutual advantage— has become an important component of national environmental policies in countries ranging from China and Korea to the UK.

Yale’s Journal of Industrial Ecology is pleased to announce a special issue on industrial symbiosis that highlights research that moves beyond case studies to couple empirical research with theory-building. To complement the special issue, a selection of previously published articles on industrial symbiosis has been compiled by the journal.

More symbiosis coverage from JIE is available in JIE’s symbiosis bibliography.
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Lombardi, D., Lyons, D., Shi, H., & Agarwal, A. (2012). Industrial Symbiosis Journal of Industrial Ecology, 16 (1), 2-7 DOI: 10.1111/j.1530-9290.2012.00455.x

Food and Energy Security – Read the Editorial by Martin Parry

Martin ParryFood and Energy Security has published its first editorial by Editor-in-Chief Martin Parry - ‘Food and Energy Security: exploring the challenges of attaining secure and sustainable supplies of food and energy’. Prof. Parry explains the significant research areas which this journal will publish in and why it has been launched.

‘Given the rise in human population and the inevitable consequences of climate change, the challenges of achieving secure and sustainable supplies of both food and energy are Herculean… With the launch of this open access, multidisciplinary journal, our intention is to offer a forum for the discussion of the most important advances in this field and promote an integrative approach of scientific disciplines.’

Food and Energy Security is a fully open access journal which is published in association with theAssociation of Applied Biologists (AAB). You can find out more about the journal by visiting the journal homepage. To submit your article please visit our online submission site.

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Handbook of Sustainability for the Food SciencesHandbook of Sustainability for the Food Sciences
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ISBN: 978-0-8138-1735-4

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The above story is reprinted from materials provided on the Wiley Open Access Blog.

Parry, M. (2012). Food and energy security: exploring the challenges of attaining secure and sustainable supplies of food and energy Food and Energy Security DOI: 10.1002/fes3.1