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Male flesh flies high-speed pursuit of females
Cornell University entomologists have discovered that male flesh flies traveling at very high speed, in sexual pursuit and swiveling their heads like gun turrets can lose sight of a target female, yet they compensate for the loss of vision and still catch up to mate. The study could lead to better military hardware. (2003-11-10)

Scientists unraveling lice genome to halt blood-sucking pest
Research aimed at understanding how lice feed off humans may lead to new methods to control the blood-sucking pest that can transmit fatal diseases. Purdue and Harvard university researchers report finding lice genes that control the breakdown of their human blood meal into energy and waste. They also identified the first gene in lice that may impact the insects' ability to fight off bacterial infections. (2003-10-31)

K-State scientists' beetle chosen for national genome sequencing project
As the result of research performed by scientists from Kansas State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Grain Marketing and Production Research Lab in Manhattan, the red flour beetle has been selected from a long list of nominated organisms for genome sequencing by the National Human Genome Research Institute, an arm of the National Institutes of Health. (2003-10-21)

Genetic differences in termite castes may lead to better control
Learning the molecular processes that cause termite larvae to grow into workers, soldiers or reproductive adults may lead to new methods to decimate colonies of the wood-eaters, according to Purdue University researchers. (2003-10-20)

Gene expression tied to social behavior in honey bees
Genes and behavior go together in honey bees so strongly that an individual bee's occupation can be predicted by knowing a profile of its gene expression in the brain, say researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (2003-10-09)

Fly bites plant, but plants can bite back, Purdue scientists find
The Hessian fly changes wheat growth by injecting poisons into the plants, but a newly discovered resistance gene that can kill the insect may add a new defensive weapon for the grain crop. Using the new gene in combination with other genes is expected to extend resistance time to the most economically damaging insect of wheat by as much as six times. (2003-09-22)

UC Riverside study indicates mosquito coils may cause cancer
The mosquito coil made in some Asian countries that people often use to ward off mosquitoes may be releasing cancer-causing smoke, UC Riverside entomologists Bob Krieger, Travis Dinoff, and Xiaofei Zhang report in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. The sampled coils were found to contain (2003-09-05)

UCR entomologists honored for maintaining and enhancing nation's natural resources and environment
Entomologists Nick Toscano and Matthew Blua of the department of entomology at UC Riverside have been recognized for exemplary service and achievements by Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman at the 57th Annual U.S. Department of Agriculture Honor Awards Ceremony held this month in Washington, D.C. Toscano and Blua received the Secretary's Annual Awards in the category 'Maintaining and enhancing the nation's natural resources and environment.' (2003-06-27)

West Nile virus warning system from climate data
Cornell University's Northeast Regional Climate Center and Department of Entomology will collect climate data this summer in areas where disease-carrying mosquitoes are found, to develop a system that predicts when, where and under which conditions mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus can either thrive or die. (2003-06-19)

UC Riverside's Brian Federici receives Secretary's Annual Honor Award from USDA
Brian Federici, professor of entomology and entomologist at UC Riverside, has been recognized with one of the 2003 Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary's Annual Honor Awards in the category 'Promoting health by providing access to safe, affordable, and nutritious food.' The award was presented to Federici on Friday, June 13th, 2003, in Washington, DC. (2003-06-16)

UCR's Thomas Miller awarded prestigious medal from Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Thomas A. Miller, professor of entomology at UC Riverside, was recently awarded the G. J. Mendel Honorary Medal for Merit in the Biological Sciences for his work in insect physiology, toxicology and genetics, and for his efforts to encourage and foster research partnerships with scientists in Eastern European countries. The award is one of the world's top honors in the biological sciences. (2003-06-11)

UCR to cosponsor workshop to discuss latest genetic research on invertebrates
The Fourth International Workshop on Transgenesis and Genomics of Invertebrate Organisms, cosponsored by the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at UC Riverside, will be held May 11-15, 2003, at the Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, Calif. Approximately 110 scientists from around the world are expected to attend the workshop. (2003-05-09)

New book entertainingly tells 'What Good Are Bugs'
Insects are vital to every ecosystem and essential to our existence, Gilbert Waldbauer says, answering a common question posed by the title of his new book, (2003-04-03)

NIH and NSF team up to link math and biology at February 12 Symposium
The National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation are holding a symposium on (2003-02-05)

Arthropods of Tropical Forests
Tropical forest canopies, leafy landscapes scorched by uv radiation and washed by torrential rains, house some of the most diverse but least understood creatures on our planet. And canopy biologists, pioneers of a very young science, are just beginning to describe this complex interface of plant and animal life. A major contribution to this field, Arthropods of Tropical Forests, a 490-page summary of state-of-the-art tropical entomology research, has just been released by Cambridge University Press. (2003-01-24)

Ant agriculture: 50 million years of success
Fungus-growing ants practice agriculture and have been doing so for the past 50 million years according to research published in the Jan. 17 issue of Science. These ants not only grow fungus gardens underground for food but also have adapted to handling parasitic (2003-01-17)

Ultrasound shown to be potentially safe, effective way to kill bacteria
High-power ultrasound, currently used for cell disruption, particle size reduction, welding and vaporization, has been shown to be 99.99 percent effective in killing bacterial spores after only 30 seconds of non contact exposure in experiments conducted by researchers at Penn State and Ultran Labs, Boalsburg, Pa. (2002-12-13)

UCR entomologists report bee-dancing brings more food to honeybee colonies
P. Kirk Visscher, professor of entomology at UCR, reports in Nature that under natural foraging conditions the communication of distance and direction in the dance language can increase the food collection of honeybee colonies. The study also confirms that bees use this directional information in locating the food sources advertised in the dance. The study provides insights that may be of use in manipulating foraging behavior of honeybees for pollination of crops. (2002-12-13)

2,000+ brown recluse spiders in a Kansas home inflict no bites in the occupants, UCR study notes
A UC Riverside study shows that where brown recluse spiders are common, people can co-habitate with them and bites are infrequent. The study focused on 2,055 brown recluse spiders collected in a Kansas home of a family of four. Despite the abundance of spiders, no one in the family received bites from the potentially dangerous arachnids. Throughout the United States, however, physicians routinely make brown recluse bite diagnoses when no brown recluses are known to exist in their states. (2002-12-02)

UC Riverside leads the country with the highest number of 2002 AAAS Fellows
For their work of scientific or social distinction, 13 faculty members at University of California, Riverside were named as 2002 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the highest number of fellows a single institution has received this year. Thirteen fellows is also the new record for UC Riverside. (2002-10-25)

Code-breaking insects steal plants' defensive signals, enabling counterattack
Herbivorous insects that dine on crops use a form of molecular code-breaking to ready their defenses against a chemically protective shield employed by their dinner, say scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (2002-10-16)

Molecular biology and biological control team up to thwart pests and weeds
Hoping to tag-team invading insect and plant species with the oldest and newest in scientific approaches, researchers from 22 nations will gather Oct. 14-16 in Montpellier, France, for a symposium on (2002-10-14)

UCR scientists contribute to study that will help formulate new ways to combat malaria
In the Oct. 4 issue of the journal Science, scientists report the sequencing of the complete genome of the major and most efficient vector of human malaria, Anopheles gambiae. Three scientists from UC Riverside contributed to the study. (2002-10-03)

UC Riverside's Alexander Raikhel awarded $4.3 million grant from NIH to study mosquitoes
The National Institutes of Health has just awarded a ten-year, $4.3 million research merit grant to Dr. Alexander S. Raikhel, professor of entomology at UC Riverside, to support continuing investigation into the genetic and molecular mechanisms regulating egg development and maturation in mosquitoes. (2002-09-11)

Sex-pheromone link to insect evolution
Cornell University entomologists have found a gene controlling sex phereomones that may affect how insects evolve into new species. The discovery has major implications for the control of insect populations through disruption of mating, suggesting that over time current eradication methods could become ineffective. (2002-09-10)

Tiny bugs in mealybugs have smaller bugs inside them
Like tiny Russian dolls, the mealybugs that infest your houseplants carry bacteria inside their cells that are themselves infected with another type of bacteria. A new study by researchers at the University of California, Davis, shows that instead of spreading from bug to bug, the second set of bacteria infected the first several times in the past and are now being passed along and evolving with them. (2002-08-27)

Researchers aim to control treatment-resistant head lice
University of Massachusetts researchers are looking for ways to overcome resistance in mutant strains of head lice that aren't killed by conventional treatments. About 6-12 million children in the United States get head lice every year. The work will be described at the August national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston. (2002-08-20)

New drug discovery spin-off from CSIRO
CSIRO Entomology today announced the establishment of a company dedicated to producing a wide range of therapeutic drugs from a virtually untapped source - insects. (2002-07-22)

Gene plays key evolutionary role in food-gathering behaviors
A new discovery in the brain of honeybees has researchers at three institutions suggesting that the gene they studied has played a key evolutionary role in the changes of food-gathering behaviors in many creatures. (2002-04-25)

Tick saliva genes key to Lyme disease vaccine
The proteins in deer tick saliva may be the key to developing a new vaccine for preventing Lyme disease and other tick-transmitted infections by protecting hosts against blood-feeding ticks. The National Institutes of Health recently awarded two University of Rhode Island researchers $2.3 million to screen for the most promising tick salivary genes. (2002-04-08)

K-State professors make discovery in pesticide-resistant bugs
Farmers have known for years that insects are able to become immune to insecticides over time. Learning how they become immune is one part of the fight against crop pests, and some Kansas State University professors have made a discovery in that area. (2002-04-07)

Southern Graduate Schools award John Eaton for Electronic Thesis, Dissertation project
John Eaton, retired senior associate dean of the Graduate School at Virginia Tech, has received the 2002 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate Education in the Southern Region from the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS). Eaton was recognized as the driving force behind the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation project. (2002-03-19)

'Cotton candy' fiber barrier protects crops from pests
A Cornell University entomologist uses a 'cotton candy' web of fibers to protect crops as maggots and worms develop resistance to pesticides. (2002-02-13)

$1.2M USDA grant to study Northeast organic farming
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Initiative for Future Agriculture and Food Systems has awarded a $1.2 million grant for the creation of a new organic farming network managed by Cornell University's Department of Horticulture. (2001-12-07)

Green Guard goes global
Farmers around the world are set to benefit from the global expansion of CSIRO's environmentally-friendly pesticide Green Guard®. (2001-10-30)

California researchers receive award for developing natural pesticide
Sherry Heins, Jennifer Ryder Fox, Ph.D., Stephen Flanagan, Denise C. Manker, Ph.D., Jimmy Orjala, Ph.D., and CEO Pamela G. Marrone, Ph.D., of AgraQuest, Inc., in Davis, Calif., will be honored October 29 by the American Chemical Society for developing a natural pesticide that is just as effective as conventional pesticides. They will receive one of two 2001 Industrial Innovation Awards at the Society's Western regional meeting in Santa Barbara, Calif. (2001-10-22)

Protein tied to Alzheimer's also plays key role in honeybees
A protein targeted by drug treatments in some patients with Alzheimer's disease also appears to play an important role in honeybees (Apis melifera), researchers say. (2001-09-28)

DuPont gives agricultural pesticide patent rights to Purdue
It's a gift of potential, which could turn out to be one of the largest gifts in Purdue's history. DuPont has donated more than 30 U.S. and foreign patents for two agricultural pesticides to the Purdue Research Foundation. (2001-09-10)

Fight between GMOS and the bugs they repel may not be over
Mark Whalon, a Michigan State University entomology professor, says that farmers and those marketing genetically modified seeds shouldn't become complacent because so far there has been no documented evidence that insects have developed resistance to crops engineered to repel them. (2001-08-29)

Catnip repels mosquitoes more effectively than DEET
Researchers report that the oil in catnip that gives the plant its characteristic odor is about ten times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET -- the compound used in most commercial insect repellents. The finding will be presented August 27 in Chicago during the 222nd national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, by the same Iowa State University research group that two years ago discovered that catnip also repels cockroaches. (2001-08-27)

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