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Solving a biological mystery
Harvard scientists have solved the long-standing mystery of how some insects form the germ cells - the cellular precursors to the eggs and sperm necessary for sexual reproduction - and the answer is shedding new light on the evolutionary origins of a gene that had long been thought to be critical to the process.  View News Article (2012-11-02)

Bees recognize human faces using feature configuration
Going about their day-to-day business, bees have no need to be able to recognise human faces. Yet in 2005, when Adrian Dyer from Monash University trained the fascinating insects to associate pictures of human faces with tasty sugar snacks, they seemed to be able to do just that. View News Article (2010-01-29)

Because cleaner grains make finer flour
A new computer program devised by British physicists can quickly spot tiny beetles, rodent droppings and ergot (a poisonous mould) in grain destined for flour and bread manufacture. The researchers reveal details of their work today in the Institute of Physics journal Measurement Science and Technology. Professor Roy Davies and his colleagues in the Machine Vision Research Group at Royal... View News Article (2002-10-31)

Plants use circadian rhythms to prepare for battle with insects
In a study of the molecular underpinnings of plants' pest resistance, Rice University biologists have shown that plants both anticipate daytime raids by hungry insects and make sophisticated preparations to fend them off. View News Article (2012-02-14)

44-year-old mystery of how fleas jump resolved
If you thought that we know everything about how the flea jumps, think again. In 1967, Henry Bennet-Clark discovered that fleas store the energy needed to catapult themselves into the air in an elastic pad made of resilin. View News Article (2011-02-10)

A bit touchy: Plants' insect defenses activated by touch
A new study by Rice University scientists reveals that plants can use the sense of touch to fight off fungal infections and insects.  View News Article (2012-04-10)

New Collection Of Bacteria
In recent times, efforts in protecting plants from insect pests are aimed at reducing the use of chemical controls, i.e., pesticides, and employing biological methods. The latter, as distinct from the chemical ones, do not contaminate the environment and agricultural products, do not accumulate in soil and water, and do not poison warm-blooded animals. Non-chemical pest control is often performed... View News Article (2003-03-07)

Trapping insects by color: Will it work in Montana?
Red and green traps attract more sweetpotato weevils than other colors, and a Montana State University researcher who made that discovery wants to know if Montana insects react the same way.  View News Article (2014-01-03)

Hovering is a bother for bees: Fast flight is more stable
Bumblebees are much more unstable when they hover than when they fly fast, according to new research published this month in the Journal of Theoretical Biology. View News Article (2013-03-15)

Beetles get by with a little help from their friends
Humans living in communities often rely on friends to help get what they need and, according to researchers in the lab of Cameron Currie at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, many microbes, plants and animals benefit from 'friendly' associations too. View News Article (2008-10-03)

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