Steam can more effectively combat food pathogens on cantaloupes than traditional removal methods. That’s the finding of an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist in Pennsylvania. Dike Ukuku and his colleagues have demonstrated that a relatively inexpensive steam cleaner (designed to remove wallpaper and clean outdoor grills) can rid cantaloupes of common pathogens more effectively than existing techniques.
Trees and Shrubs of Value to Pollinators
Trees and shrubs provide crucial food and homes for pollinators. This table, compiled by the Xerces Society, lists a variety of trees and shrubs that grow in Oklahoma. Listed: time of bloom, mature height, water requirements, and where they are available to purchase, as well as the pollinators that visit these plants, whether the plant is a host or nest plant, and value to other wildlife.
Author: Kerr Center staff/Xerces Society