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Home owners may sleep better because student overcame her fear of insects
A Virginia Tech graduate student's desire to maintain a colony of carpenter ants in the lab has resulted in an effective bait for control of carpenter ants. (1999-06-21)

Spiders Can Protect Plants From Insects
Spiders can protect plants from leaf-eating insects in exchange for dollops of sugary nectar. Researchers in New Jersey found that the presence of jumping spiders helped plants boost their seed production and scared off insects. (1999-05-12)

Ant-Fungus Relationship May Provide New Clues About Antibiotics
The discovery of an ancient association between an antibiotic-producing bacterium and fungus-growing ants may provide new insight into the identification, production and use of antibiotics, according to a study in the April 22 issue of Nature. (1999-04-22)

CU Research Team Unravels Mystery Of Larceny Among Tropical Ant Species
Blatant thievery among colonies of tiny tropical ants may allow them to prosper in part because the species is more peaceful than the vast majority of its closely related relatives, according to a University of Colorado at Boulder study. (1999-03-15)

New Worlds Of Order, Argentine Ants Succeed By Outnumbering The Competition
The voracious appetite of Argentine ants (Linepithema humile) and their tendency to displace native ants has been well documented, but the specific mechanisms used by the insects have been unclear. Now a new study, published in the January issue of Ecology, reveals some interesting findings about these aggressive ants. (1999-01-12)

Native Gray Ants Play Positive Role In Valley Peach Orchards
Native gray ants, often thought of as solely crop pests, may help farmers suppress the peach twig borer in peach and nectarine orchards. (1998-12-22)

Clemson Fire Ant Research Uses Biological Approach
In the ongoing war to control fire ants, a new, biological approach is being tested at Clemson University. Entomologists here have introduced a naturally occurring disease into fire ant colonies as a means to reduce their population growth. (1998-12-17)

Scientists Tackle Climate Variability, Global Warming At Paris Meeting
In a major agenda-setting conference that will guide much of the world's climate research for the next decade, representatives from over 60 countries will gather in Paris December 2-4 to examine questions relating to natural climate variability, the human role in global climate change, and the predictability of global and regional climate. (1998-11-25)

LSU Agricultural Center Researchers Develop Termite Detection System
One day a typical home may include a termite detector in addition to the customary smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. And that day could be soon - once a new termite detection system developed by the LSU Agricultural Center is perfected and on the market. (1998-11-24)

High Carbon Dioxide Levels May Be Killing Insects
While rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide might make plants grow faster, they could be bad news for plant-eating insects. A biologist from Florida has found that subtle increases in CO2 can kill leaf-eating moths by reducing the nutritional value of the leaves they feed on. (1998-08-12)

Duke Studies Show That Environmental Effects Of Dams Extend To Insect Life
Studies of butterfly and ant life on Venezuelan islands newly created by the flooding of the world's second largest reservoir show how dramatically sudden isolation can change even tiny components of a once-integrated ecosystem. (1998-08-05)

Clever Chemistry Protects Beetle Babies
Squash beetle pupae would be easy picking for predators if they hadn't perfected the skill known as combinatorial chemistry that pharmaceutical researchers are just now learning. By combining three simple molecules into complex defensive compounds and secreting them through microscopic body hairs, Epilachna borealis pupae can thwart just about anything that would eat them. (1998-07-16)

Do Termites Use
Just as humans may use naphthalene (1998-05-01)

Teaching Science Through Science Fiction
Temple University Physics professor Leroy Dubeck advocates teaching science fact through science fiction, finding that the actual scientific principles illustrated or violated in these sci-fi films are better understood by the students than if they are learned by more traditional approaches. He will lecture on this topic at the AAAS meeting in Philadelphia. (1998-02-15)

Ant Pheromone May Aid Alzheimer's Patients
The pheromone trail laid down by an Aphaenogaster rudis ant - - to help the ant and its recruited nest mates find their way back to prey they plan to kill -- contains a chemical now undergoing clinical trials as a possible Alzheimer's disease treatment, Cornell University chemists report in the January 1998 issue of the German journal Naturwissenschaften. (1998-02-02)

American Museum Of Natural History Researchers Announce Discovery Of Oldest Known Fossil Ants - 92-Million-Year-Old Fossils Found In New Jersey Amber
A team of researchers from the American Museum of Natural History announced today in the journal Nature the discovery of the oldest fossils ants ever found. The extremely rare 92- million-year-old ants are preserved in amber from a location in New Jersey that has produced some of the world's most important amber-encased fossils. The new specimens have important implications for both understanding the origin of ants and their rise to a position of ecological dominance in the world today. (1998-01-29)

Recruiting Mole-Rats
Naked mole-rat (1996-11-22)

Two Recent Fossil Discoveries Show Insects' Recycling Traits
Recent discoveries of beetle-ravaged dinosaur bones and the oldest fossil evidence of ants on Earth have opened a new window on the powerful recycling role played by insects in Jurassic ecosystems, according to a University of Colorado at Boulder researcher (1996-10-27)

First-Time Discovery: Social Structure Of Ant Colonies Could Have Important Role In Gene Flow And Origin Of Species
A team of researchers from the University of Georgia and the University of Rochester has discovered the first evidence that social behavior apparently dictates genetic flow within a single species of social insects. (1996-10-17)

Millipede's 'Barbed Grappling Hooks' Thwart Predators, Scanning Electron Microscope Study Reveals
Microscopic examination has revealed the defense secret of a tiny millipede that was entangling its enemies millions of years before porcupines and Velcro came along. (1996-10-01)

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