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Scientists At UW-Stout Discover New Honeybee Disease

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Stout have discovered new bacteria that could play a role in the death of honeybees during winter months.

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I recently stopped in to the  which was great fun, and I congratulate Lazy Monk for pulling off such a great and fun event. Note that there's one more this Saturday, Dec. 17th. 

The Rise Of Apple Clubs And Trademark Varieties Of Fruit

UW-Extension - reprinted by permission from WisContext

The assortment of apples available to choose from at orchards, farm stands and grocery stores can seem daunting. The number of apples available to choose from at orchards, farm stands and grocery stores can seem daunting. New varieties with catchy names are unfamiliar compared to the traditional Red Delicious and Cortlands shoppers are used to finding every fall, and differ as well from the antique apples that are increasingly available. In many cases, though, the most substantial differences are related to marketing and intellectual property rights, rather than the look and flavor of the fruit.

Apples are one of the few produce items marketed by cultivar name — consumers will pay more for particular varieties that offers better taste, color and flavor. The nature of this market has been proven by the outstanding success of Honeycrisp apples. As a result, new apple varieties are patented, trademarked and marketed similarly to any other managed brand.

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