Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty ImagesResembling unlikely buddies on your kids’ playground, ants and aphids are often allies. If you see a trail of ants climbing your crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica), they may be on a treasure hunt for a sweet treat called “honeydew.” Their pals, the aphids, make this honeydew, which the ants prize so much that they’re willing to protect the aphids like bodyguards to ensure a steady supply of treats.
Origin, diffusion and economic characteristics Nana Duck is known in France as "Canard Mignon" and in England as "Call Duck", commonly but erroneously it is also called in Italy "mignon" or "short-beak mignon". Curved Beak Duck, and Tufted Duck is perhaps the most famous Dutch duck, currently it is very widespread, selected and studied in England and in particular in the United States.
Origins and characteristics of the Yack The yack is an artiodactyl mammal of the Bovid family.The wild yack, Bos grunniens mutus (the male is called Drong, while the term Dri or Nak is used for females), lives in the mountains of Tibet, Pamir and on the Himalayan slopes, up to 6000 meters above sea level, regions almost completely devoid of arboreal vegetation; in winter, during blizzards, they crouch side by side with their heads turned inwards and await the end of the storm.
Origins and aptitudes Franco-Spanish breed. The Dorigo areas are: - north-east of Spain (Catalonia) where it is called Catalan and has always been used for the production of mules; - south and south-west of France (ancient province of Gascony and the Pyrenees chain, today falling within the departments Gironde, Landes, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Hautes-Pyrénées, Haute-Garonne, Ariège, Lot-et-Garonne, Tarn-et-Garonne, Gers, Aude and Pyrénées-Orientali) where it is often called Gascon and used for transportation.
Origins and aptitudes Breed of donkeys characterized by white or piebald coat. They are non-albino animals such as Asinara lasino. They are bred in Italy in increasing numbers for educational and recreational purposes. They have a willing and docile character, excellent for parks and educational farms where they prefer contact with children.
Origin, diffusion and economic characteristics American breed. The name derives from a rough resemblance of the livery with that of the well-known breed of chickens. Morphological characteristics The size is very irregular. The breed is not yet fully established in its distinctive characters. Ancona Spotted Duck (photo Evan Gregoire) Ancona Spotted Duck (photo www.
Reindeer origins and characteristicsClass: MammalsOrder: Cloven-hoofedFamily: CervidaeGender: RangiferSpecies: tarandusReindeer is widespread in the northernmost regions of the northern hemisphere, from Siberia to Alaska. The most common habitat is the tundra, but often they go further south, for example to winter in the colder season, up to the large coniferous forests.
Organic AgricultureLIFOAM, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, defines organic agriculture as follows: All agricultural systems that promote the production of food and fiber in a healthy way socially, economically and from an environmental point of view.
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Gennaro Pisciotta, a graduate in Agricultural Science and Technology from the G. Marconi University - Faculty of Applied Sciences and Technologies in Rome, is a free-lance Agrotechnician and Oenologist and taught at ISIS "Falcone" in Pozzuoli (Naples). Curriculum vitae Gabriella Di Massimo has a degree in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Perugia.
Origin, spread and economic characteristics The first quotations concerning the Curved Beak Duck date back to 1676, when the naturalist Francis Willughby mentioned it in his "Ornithology" as a duck that differed from wild ducks mainly due to the beak, which was moderately turned downwards, and for the greater production of eggs.
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Origin, diffusion and economic characteristics Magpie Ducks (Magpie Ducks) has a very regular size localized in well-defined regions. Morphological characteristics The classic color is piebald on a black base, but there are also piebald slate blue and chocolate brown.
Origin, diffusion and economic characteristics The light type is the original of French origin, the dark variety is due to the English and German selection and is a breed now distinct from its progenitor. The Rouen Chiara is a heavy breed originating in France (Normandy); the Rouen Scura, the worst depositor of Chiara (and less early), is quite widespread in England and Germany.
Origins and characteristics of the Lama Class: Mammals Order: ArtiodactylaFamily: CamelidsGender: LamaSpecies: glama L.The Lama is one of the four species of South American camelids; the others are lalpaca, guanaco and vicuna (Lama guanicoe Muller 1776 - Guanaco; Lama glama Linnaeus 1758 - Lama; Vicugna vicugna Molina 1782 - Vicuna; Vicugna pacos Linnaeus 1758 - Alpaca.
Origins and attitudes FAO has reported three distinct types of Indian donkeys: Indian, wild Indian and Kiang. Indian wild donkeys are found in the state of Gujarat (western India), the Kiang breed is bred in Sikkim (northeastern India) and Laddakh. ((North India). Indian donkeys are bred in all Indian states.
Spread and habitat Small duck native to South America. It is also found in many areas of northern Europe and Asia (up to Japan). Migratory species. Much appreciated as a garden bird, both for the beautiful plumage it maintains throughout the year, and for its adaptability to different climatic conditions and to coexistence with other species, especially if small in size.
Origin, diffusion and economic characteristics Heavy breed selected in England but of Asian origin. The American-type Beijing and White Allier breeds have Aylesbury blood. Beef breed, it lays around 100-120 eggs per year (minimum weight 80 grams and white to green shell).
Origins and characteristics of the GuanacoClass: MammalsOrder: Cloven-hoofedFamily: CamelidsGender: VicugnaSpecies: V. vicugna Molina 1782The Vicuna is one of the four species of South American camelids; the others are lalpaca, guanaco and llama (Lama guanicoe Muller 1776 - Guanaco; Lama glama Linnaeus 1758 - Lama; Vicugna vicugna Molina 1782 - Vicuna; Vicugna pacos Linnaeus 1758 - Alpaca.
Spread and habitat The common teal is a migratory and locally sedentary species widespread in three subspecies in Eurasia and North America. In Europe it is common north of the 45th parallel. It winters south of the area to the Mediterranean and Central Africa basin. Poor breeder in Italy, but common as a winter visitor.
Spread and habitat Species native to South America. It loves areas rich in shrubs near puddles, ponds and streams. Beautiful looking duck that adapts to pond life in the garden; it coexists easily with other species. Morphological characteristics The male has a red beak with a showy caruncle at the attachment of the same color.
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