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Chagas disease may be a threat in South Texas, says researcher
Chagas disease, a tropical parasitic disease that can lead to life-threatening heart and digestive disorders, may be more widespread in Texas than previously thought, according to research from The University of Texas at Austin. View News Article (2011-10-07)

Natural born repellents
Are you a mosquito magnet? If you are, it's not your sweet smelling blood that attracts them, scientists say - you simply lack a chemical that some humans produce that masks your attractiveness to bugs, tricking them into thinking that you are not a suitable host. "For the first time, we can identify exactly which chemicals the insects respond to", says James Logan, who will be... View News Article (2004-03-26)

Bizarre bug wears host's skin
Oxford scientists have discovered a particularly macabre method one parasite (Strepsiptera) has for disguising itself in its insect host: it wraps itself in a piece of the host's own body tissue. In this way the strepsipteran masquerades as 'self', and is protected from the insect's immune system. The mechanism whereby Strepsiptera flourish without interference from the host has so far been a... View News Article (2003-06-03)

Sundews just want to be loved
Why do some insect-eating plants like sundews keep their flowers so far away from their traps? New research suggests that it isn't a clever trick to keep pollinators safe, it's about getting pollinated. View News Article (2010-08-18)

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)

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