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Forestalling pesticide, antibiotic resistance possible, theory predicts
For years, farmers and agribusinesses have talked about being on the (2001-08-21)

UF scientists say global warming could spread mosquito
Vanishing coastlines may not be the only peril in a global-warming world; disease-carrying Asian tiger mosquitoes may find the hotter temperatures to their liking and may show up in places they've never been seen before, according to new research published this week. (2001-07-12)

E.O. Wilson to speak on 'future of biodiversity'
Scientist Edward O. Wilson of Harvard University will speak at the National Science Foundation on the future of biodiversity on May 2, 2001. (2001-04-18)

One release of wasps can halve corn borer damage
In a war against the European corn borer, a major pest of sweet corn, Cornell University scientists have found that an army of tiny wasps, released just once and early in the season, can reduce damage to ears of corn by half. (2000-11-13)

Conference on ag biotech and GMOs Nov. 15-16
The controversy over genetically engineered crops and the foods derived from them will be examined by speakers from organizations ranging from Greenpeace to Monsanto Nov. 15-16 at Cornell University's Agricultural Biotechnology and Genetically Modified Organisms Conference. (2000-10-10)

Soybean pest native to China detected in U.S. for first time
A new soybean pest previously unreported in the U.S. has appeared in fields scattered across Wisconsin during the past month. The soybean aphid also has turned up in northern Illinois and may soon be reported from Michigan. (2000-08-14)

Pigs at sea reveal latest clues in homicide research
The bodies of homicide victims found at sea or washed up on shore could provide investigators with critical information needed to help solve the crimes. That's why Simon Fraser University forensic entomologist Gail Anderson is analysing underwater activity around six pig carcasses recently anchored in the ocean near Vancouver. (2000-07-23)

Bt corn variety found to be safe to Illinois butterfly
A Bt corn variety grown widely in East Central Illinois in 1999 had no adverse effect on black swallowtail caterpillars that thrive in weeds alongside cornfields, according to both field and laboratory studies at the University of Illinois. (2000-06-05)

First soybeans with complete nematode resistance developed
The soybean farmer's biggest enemy -- a tiny parasitic worm known as the soybean cyst nematode -- will soon not be a worry, thanks to Purdue University scientists and Midwestern plant breeders. New soybean varieties that offer high yield and complete resistance to all known types of soybean cyst nematodes are now available. (2000-06-04)

Cockroach birth control from gene discovery
Cornell University entomologists have identified and cloned five key genes of the cockroach, one of which is exclusively expressed in the reproductive system, the first step in developing a safe and specific birth control for the number- one household pest. (2000-03-27)

'Kissing bug' researcher to speak at world's largest scientific society meeting
Dr. F. Ann Walker of the University of Arizona will present award-winning research about the kissing bug and how it transmits the deadly Chagas' disease. Walker will address women chemists at the 219th meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society. (2000-03-19)

Field refuges prevent moth's resistance to genetic insecticides
Cornell University scientists have demonstrated that creating a refuge of unprotected plants in a crop field reduces the chance of insects developing resistance to transgenic insecticidal plants, the researchers report in the March 2000 issue of the journal Nature Biotechnology. (2000-03-02)

Bees wearing reflectors help scientists track insects' training flights
Like aviators in training, honey bees preparing to forage learn their skills in a series of pre-flights to learn the landscape before undertaking new missions, say Illinois and UK scientists who used harmonic radar to track bees wearing ultra-light reflectors. (2000-02-02)

Formosan termite may be top concern of entomologists of the new millenium, according to report
The greatest challenge in the man-insect wars in the new millennium, at least in the United States, may be a swarming little nuisance called the Formosan termite, a transplant from Asia that has been gnawing its way north from the Louisiana-Texas coast for the past 35 years. (2000-01-31)

Nation's first doctor of plant medicine degree established
Plants get sick too. In response, the University of Florida, Gainesville, now offers the nation's first Doctor of Plant Medicine (DPM) professional degree program. Applications are being accepted for classes beginning August 2000. (2000-01-17)

Millenium bug found by CSIRO scientists
Taxonomists at CSIRO Entomology have announced the discovery of the 'real' Millenium bug - a small water strider. (1999-12-31)

Fossil mayflies can be used to 'weigh' ancient atmospheres
Millions of years before humans invented the barometer to measure atmospheric pressure, the common mayfly was measuring air's density and leaving barometer readings in the fossil record, according to a Cornell University geologist. (1999-12-13)

UF research ties homosexual behavior in beetle to evolution
In a new hypothesis for a behavior observed in a number of species, two researchers say the process of natural selection may explain homosexual behavior in a beetle that preys on citrus in South Florida. (1999-10-19)

Genetic engineered crop studies questioned
Two prominent entomologists, one from Cornell University, warn that three recent studies on the effects of genetically engineered crops have distorted the debate about engineered crops and this could have (1999-09-10)

Tiny mites protect vineyards from mildew
Cornell scientists have found that tiny tydeid mites may help to protect grapes from powdery mildew. (1999-08-26)

Cockroaches beware! This house has been treated with catnip
Researchers have confirmed an old wives' tale: Placing catnip around the house helps keep cockroaches away. Their findings could lead to the development of new natural insect repellents that could be sprayed along baseboards to keep roaches from coming out of the walls. (1999-08-23)

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)

Caterpillars foiled when tomato plants summon parasitic wasps
In a study of tomato plants, beet armyworms and parasitic wasps, a UC Davis researcher found that wasps on tomato plants whose defense systems were artificially stimulated killed twice as many armyworms as did wasps on untreated plants. The finding is important for developing environmentally friendly agricultural pest control methods. (1999-06-17)

K-State researchers say bug zappers may cause more harm than good
According to a team of researchers at Kansas State University, the sound of bug zappers may also signal the potential for a shower of microorganisms including viruses cascading onto the surrounding area. Because of the airborne bacteria and virus-laden particles produced by the explosion of these electrocuted insects, the researchers recommend they not be used in food handling areas, hospitals, daycare facilities or any variety of places where the control of insects is important. (1999-06-02)

Engineered Corn Can Kill Monarch Butterflies
An increasingly popular commercial corn, genetically engineered to produce a bacterial toxin to protect against corn pests, has an unwanted side effect: Its pollen kills monarch butterfly larvae in laboratory tests, according to a report by Cornell University researchers. (1999-05-19)

K-State Researchers Study Pest Resistance Management
Examining if and how corn borer resistance to Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) toxins develop so farmer-friendly resistance management plans can be identified is the focus of a genetic study done by a team of entomology researchers at Kansas State University. (1999-05-07)

'Bugscope' Gives Internet Users Anywhere Chance To Study Insects
With a computer and an Internet connection, young students in classrooms across the country can conduct research on the insects of their choice by signing on to Bugscope at the University of Illinois. (1999-03-31)

Two Modes Of Aging Discovered In Fruit Flies
Balancing the need to survive with the need to reproduce, female Mediterranean fruit flies appear to age in two distinct modes, depending on the availability of food, reports a team of researchers led by UC Davis insect demographer James Carey. The study suggests reproduction may be a pacemaker of aging. (1998-08-13)

Weevils Wipe Out Killer Weeds In Papua New Guinea
In a move that could save the environment, village economies and even human lives, CSIRO scientists have wiped out 20 square kilometres of a noxious water weed infesting the Sepik River in PNG. (1998-07-14)

'Mean Gene' Found In Africanized Honey Bees
The gene for aggressive stinging behavior in Africanized honey bees - or (1998-03-27)

Plants Thrive With Insect-Induced Immune Responses
Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have demonstrated for the first time that plants realize a net benefit when their internal defense systems are (1998-02-13)

Stealth Caterpillar Evades Trees' Detection
The forest tent caterpillar's eating habits may be the key to their ability to strip leaves without triggering the tree's defense mechanisms, according to a Penn State entomologist. (1997-08-07)

Two Parasitic Wasps Show Promise For Controlling Pest Flies
With the goal of improving the natural biological control of flies, scientists have scoured Illinois feedlots. After three years of study, they say that two parasitic wasps known as Spalangia endius and Spalangia nigoraenea are especially important in the Midwest and actually could emerge as weapons. Such is the finding of a study of parasites that feed on stable and house flies in Illinois. (1997-07-15)

Enhancin Protein Attacks Insect Immune System
Scientists at the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, Inc., located at Cornell University, have discovered and cloned a protein that, when delivered into an insect's gut by way of a (1997-06-25)

Natural Shelters on Leaves House Plant Bodyguards
Want your bodyguards to stick around? Give them lodging. Some plants seem to do just that in the form of tiny pockets and hair tufts on the undersides of leaves, offering the shelter necessary to house a population of plant-protecting bugs (1997-06-05)

SFU Research Helps Send Two Bear Poachers To Jail
Two bear poachers are in jail, thanks to Simon Fraser University forensic entomologist Gail Anderson's unique study of bugs. Anderson uses the lifespan of insects found on bodies to determine time of death. Frequently called on to help solve murders, shenow applies her research to poaching. It's the first time in Canada that forensic entomology has helped get a poaching conviction (1997-03-26)

Cornell Researchers Combat The Onion Bulb Mite
The onion bulb mite -- Rhizoglyphus robini -- has begun to attack some of New York's prized onion fields. Cornell University scientists are studying management techniques to control it (1997-02-12)

Bog Beetle, Misidentified For 85 Years, Is 'Discovered' At Cornell
A beetle sitting in a collection at Cornell Univ. has been identified by Cornell entomologist (1997-01-14)

Study Examines How Mechanisms Evolve To Regulate Bee Development
With a little hormone jump start from researchers, male honey bees, known as drones, whose only job is having sex, get to work early. The hormonal mechanism, researchers say, has a genetic basis, because the drone sons of fast worker bees inherit accelerated development (1996-11-07)

Natural Pest Control Shows Economic Promise For Citrus Industry
An obscure wasp species found by a University of Wyoming researcher in Costa Rica shows promise for controlling a damaging citrus crop pest and ultimately may translate to lower prices for some orange juices marketed in the United States. (1996-09-09)

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