Heat years are cotton boll owl years
The cotton boll owl is a nocturnal butterfly. Especially in hot years, its caterpillars appear in late summer on lettuce, green beans, peppers, tomatoes, corn and various flowers.
The chikungunya virus is widespread in tropical and subtropical regions. There is a high probability that the virus will also establish itself in Europe as a result of climate change.
The velvet poplar spreads
The heat-dependent plant originates from Asia, but is now also spreading in our region. It produces many seeds that are carried from field to field via harvesting machines or during soil cultivation.
AGES and BAES support fight against environmental crime
In the future, AGES and the Federal Office for Food Safety (BAES) will contribute their expertise to an Austrian task force to combat environmental crime.
Aphids as vectors of plant viruses
Aphids not only damage plants through their sucking activity, they can also transmit viral diseases.
Horse nettle: the "ideal" weed
Horse nettle has many characteristics of an "ideal" weed: Many seeds, even from small pieces of roots form new plants. Climate changes benefit the horse nettle.
March 22 is World Water Day
Every year, we test more than 10,000 drinking water samples from all over Austria for possible contamination, e.g., by fecal germs, but also for nitrate or heavy metal content. In this way, we help to…
The beet root weevil sets out on its journey
The beet root weevil is a native weevil that has become known primarily as a pest of sugar beets. It benefits from low rainfall and high average temperatures in the months of April to June.
Wild garlic: Beware of poisonous doppelgangers
Wild garlic is one of the first wild herbs that can be collected in spring. However, there are quite a few poisonous doppelgangers: autumn crocus, lily of the valley, spotted arum, many-flowered…