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Ichnology provides useful information on the environmental conditions that prevailed during or shortly after sediment deposition. As such, recognition and interpretation of trace fossils are now integrated in advanced sedimentological core and field studies. Like most other laboratory or field techniques, ichnology should not be used as a stand-alone tool.

Ichnofabric information is best used in the full context of the sedimentary framework. Only then can ichnology provide detailed environmental information that can be related to depositional processes, relative palaeobathymetry and sequence stratigraphy.

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  • From Feces to Your Intestines: The Dangers Lurking On Your Cutting Board

    The average home hosts different disease-causing bacteria found mostly in animal and human feces. They cause diseases, mainly due to poor hygiene. The main bacteria-hosting culprits include faucet handles, carpet, phones, pet bowls, kitchen sponge, and the cutting board. A recent daily mail article reported that your kitchen chopping board could harbor fecal bacteria; outranking the toilet seats by about 200%. Properly cleaning a cutting board will help you get rid of the bacteria commonly found on it. The bacteria that can be found on your cutting board include:

    E. coli

    Different types of these bacteria are normal inhabitants of animal and human intestines. There are, however harmful strains that cause disease if they find their way into the intestines, often through contaminated food and water. These cause symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, and in severe cases, kidney failure.

    Salmonella

    These bacteria that commonly contaminate milk, eggs, beef, and poultry are a leading cause of food poisoning causing symptoms such as abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and fever.

    Campylobacter

    Causing a lot of illnesses each year, these bacteria that are found prevalently in raw chicken causes food poisoning with symptoms such as diarrhea or a headache and muscle pain. Infection can also lead to a number of complications.
    These bacteria found in feces often get to the boards through raw vegetable, meat, and poultry. Most of these bacteria will be killed during cooking, if the board is not properly washed and disinfected, the bacteria lurking behind can contaminate utensils, food preparation surfaces, and other foods that are eaten raw. That’s why you should clean and disinfect your cutting board.

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    Fireblight: Fruit Trees Worst Enemy

    Pear products are particularly prone to a contagious disease called fire blight. Other fruits such as quinces, raspberry, apples and loquats can also become susceptible. Fireblight does not only affect the fruit of the trees but is able to destroy the whole tree if not treated. Farmers can be faced with the possibility of losing a whole fruit growing season when infected by fireblight.

    As soon as trees are having a growth spurt, symptoms of fireblight can become evident. The first signs of fireblight become evident at the site of a watery ooze, which in fact is the fireblight bacteria. These will start to appear on branches and twigs. When exposed to air, the ooze starts to darken, which becomes very evident on the trees affected area. Depending on the severity of the infected area, the amount of fruit that is lost will be determined.

    When the fruit trees blossom, that is when the fireblight infects their flowers, which are most susceptible. Once the flowers have been infected, they will start to wilt and turn black or brown depending on the type of fruit tree. The succulent shoots of the trees can then also be susceptible to fireblight. Once the tree has been infected by the fireblight idisease, it will never be free from it.

    Birds, bees and insects transmit the fireblight bacterium from one infected tree to another. Should a tree be damaged, it is very easily susceptible to fireblight. The wind and hailstorms is able to transmit fireblight to an entire orchard within a short period of time.

    Europe have identified fireblight as a contagious disease, affecting their Hawthorn which is planted along main roads and motorways. Australia have vetoed imports from New Zealand due to fireblight. Northern Japan have found that pear trees have been affected by fireblight.

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  • Welcome to SED-Trace

    Ichnology provides useful information on the environmental conditions that prevailed during or shortly after sediment deposition. As such, recognition and interpretation of trace fossils are now integrated in advanced sedimentological core and field studies.

    Like most other laboratory or field techniques, ichnology should not be used as a stand-alone tool. Ichnofabric information is best used in the full context of the sedimentary framework. Only then can ichnology provide detailed environmental information that can be related to depositional processes, relative palaeobathymetry and sequence stratigraphy.

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