The Division of Environmental Health of the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPSS) collected samples of fresh produce from a fresh vegetable stand on Guam on March 24, 2009 and sent these to a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) laboratory for pesticide residue analysis. FDA detected less than 0.01 ppm of permethrin on what was described as either "pechay "or "bok choy" and 0.03 ppm of bifenthrin on what was described as "Kam Kong". These pesticides are not approved for use on the vegetables on which they were found.
The attached analysis indicates that the detected residues pose minimal risk to Guam's consumers.
Aubrey Moore was in a TV interview concerning autodissemination of the rhino beetle virus. See PNC story.
A sample of small bees from Palau were submitted for identification. The specimens were in poor shape. They arrived glued to clear sticky tape. Bees have a body length of 3.8 mm. They emerged from nest attached to a door jam. The nest was a funnel shaped cone made out of a paper-like substance.
This bee has been tentatively identified as Trigona atomella Cockerell (Hymenoptera: Apidae).
Aubrey Moore and Andy Li were interviewed by Travis. Andy's science fair project and the rhino beetle eradication project were discussed. Andy started work on Monday with nine other high school students who won slots in the University of Guam's summer internship program for young scientists. Andy will be working with Moore and Dr. Reddy, who is an entomologist and chemical ecologist.
Click here to read more about Andy's science fair project and his discovery of "Body Butter" as an attractant for the rhino beetle.