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MONARCHS IN TROUBLE? Crop plants genetically engineered to contain Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis), a naturally occurring insecticide, may end up endangering monarch butterfly populations. Entomologists are worried that caterpillars eating the leaves of these new crops will die along with the target pests.

GREEN SPENDING: A strong economy has fueled green-industry spending. Americans spent a record $16.8-billion on professional landscape, lawn and tree care services in 1998, up $2.2-billion from the previous year.

TREES IN CANADA: Canadian home buyers are willing to pay up to 15 percent more for homes with trees, according to a survey conducted in Guelph, Ontario. A single, mature shade tree in some neighborhoods adds as much as $10,000 to the price tag of a new home in the area.

RUN FOR YOUR LIVES: Kudzu, brought here from Japan in 1876 as a remedy for soil erosion, now covers 7-million acres of the South. Its roots can burrow up to 20 feet, even in heavy clay.

_ Scripps Howard News Service

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