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Study: Rain forest insects eat no more tree species than temperate counterparts
A study initiated by University of Minnesota plant biologist George Weiblen has confirmed what biologists since Darwin have suspected-that the vast number of tree species in rain forests accounts for the equally vast number of plant-eating species of insects. View News Article (2006-08-24)

Chasing high flying insects with radar
New developments to vertical looking radar (VLR) mean that scientists at Rothamsted, Harpenden are now tracking insects to find out where they go and how they behave when they take to the skies. "The sheer abundance of insects is amazing," says Dr Alan Smith of Rothamsted Radar Entomology Unit. "The actual biomass of insects above us on a summer`s day is enormous and the height at which they fly... View News Article (2002-06-26)

Could Bt transgenic crops have nutritionally favourable effects on insects?
Researchers from Imperial College, England have just shown in a forthcoming article in the journal Ecology Letters, that insect larvae can use an engineered toxin (Cry1Ac) as a supplementary food source. They found that toxin-resistant larvae of the Diamondback Moth developed faster and had a greater pupal weight in the presence of the toxin. This could be a genetic effect, linked indirectly to... View News Article (2003-03-12)

Voicemail discovered in nature
Insects can use plants as 'green phones' for communication with other bugs. A new study now shows that through those same plants insects are also able to leave 'voicemail' messages in the soil.  View News Article (2012-06-13)

'Jekyll and Hyde' bacteria offer pest control hope
New research at York has revealed so-called 'Jekyll and Hyde' bacteria, suggesting a novel way to control insect pests without using insecticides. View News Article (2007-12-20)

A master of disguise: A new stick insect species from China
Many representatives of the fauna possess unique masking abilities but stick insects are among the masters of disguise within the animal world.  View News Article (2014-06-02)

Proteins for anxiety in humans and moulting in insects have common origin
Neuropeptides are small proteins in the brains of all animals that bind to receptor proteins and cause activity in cells. View News Article (2015-04-22)

Using insects to test for drug safety
Insects, such as some moths and fruit flies, react to microbial infection in the same way as mammals and so can be used to test the efficiency of new drugs, thereby reducing the need for animal testing. View News Article (2009-09-08)

Folding wings - just the business for insect survival
Just like modern businesses, insects have had to diversify to survive, according to University of York scientist Peter Mayhew. The ability to fold their wings is one device they have adopted over the years as part of the struggle for survival, says Dr Mayhew. And folding wings have given the insects which adopted them - including bugs, beetles, flies, moths and wasps -a distinct advantage over... View News Article (2002-05-01)

Insects hold atomic clues about the type of habitats in which they live
Scientists have discovered that insects contain atomic clues as to the habitats in which they are most able to survive. The research has important implications for predicting the effects of climate change on the insects, which make up three-quarters of the animal kingdom. View News Article (2011-02-17)

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