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New insight into why Pierce's disease is so deadly to grapevines
Scientists are gaining a better understanding of Pierce's disease and how it affects grapevines. (2018-06-08)
Organic insect deterrent for agriculture
Traditional insecticides are killers: they not only kill pests, they also endanger bees and other beneficial insects, as well as affecting biodiversity in soils, lakes, rivers and seas. (2018-06-06)
Resistant varieties, beneficial predators can help producers win sugarcane aphid battle
While sugarcane aphids have been difficult to suppress in past years due to their natural traits and limited insecticide options, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study shows resistant sorghum varieties and beneficial predators could provide a solution. (2018-05-16)
Analyzing insect performance
A team of researchers from the University of Missouri looked at the role neonicotinoid insecticides play in arthropod abundance, behavior, condition, reproductive success and survival. (2018-04-25)
Unique protein is a vulnerability in the malaria parasite
The malaria parasite is highly dependent on a unique protein for infecting new mosquitoes. (2018-04-18)
Rethinking the fight as surge of malaria deaths in conflict zones threatens to upend progress
Ten years of progress globally in the fight against malaria have masked the rapid rise of infections and deaths in African countries experiencing conflict and famine, though new strategies implemented in places like the Central African Republic, South Sudan, and northern Nigeria could provide a way forward, according to research presented this week at the 7th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) Pan African Malaria Conference. (2018-04-17)
Temperature affects insecticide efficacy against malaria vectors
Ambient temperature has a marked effect on the toxicity of the most commonly used insecticides for malaria control, according to a study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal). (2018-04-13)
Novel mosquito net provides children with greater protection against malaria
A novel class of bed net that neutralizes mosquitoes' ability to resist pyrethroid insecticide is shown to significantly reduce malaria infection in children, according to new research published in The Lancet. (2018-04-11)
Hybrid swarm in global mega-pest
Scientists have confirmed the hybridization of two of the world's major pest species, into a new and improved mega-pest. (2018-04-05)
New study shows drug that kills mosquitoes could be used to fight malaria
Researchers from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) have shown the large potential impact of a completely new type of antimalarial drug that kills mosquitoes, as opposed to existing drugs that target the parasite, to reduce the spread of malaria. (2018-03-28)
Insect toxin detected in the world's longest animal
The longest animal in the world, the bootlace worm, which can be up to 55 metres long, produces neurotoxins that can kill both crabs and cockroaches. (2018-03-26)
Some neonicotinoid pesticides are more toxic to bees than others; here's why
You've probably heard that the safety of neonicotinoid pesticides to bees is a matter of considerable controversy. (2018-03-22)
Breakthrough could aid development of bee-friendly pesticides
Efforts to create pesticides that are not toxic to bees have been boosted by a scientific breakthrough. (2018-03-22)
Keys found to bee-friendly neonics
Discovery of why two of the most economically important bee species are immune to one neonicotinoid insecticide but not to others promises to yield chemical treatments that protect crops from pests without harming these essential pollinators, honeybees and bumblebees. (2018-03-22)
Commercial pesticides: Not as safe as they seem
This is the first comprehensive review of gaps in risk assessments for adjuvants in pesticide formulations which are not currently subject to safety assessments. (2018-03-08)
Global scientific review reveals effective alternatives to neonicotinoid and fipronil insecticides
Use of controversial neonicotinoid insecticides ('neonics') in agriculture is not as effective as once thought, and can be replaced by advantageous pest-management alternatives, according to a study published today in the Springer journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research. (2018-02-26)
World's most venomous spiders are actually cousins
Two lineages of dangerous arachnids found in Australia--long classified as distantly related in the official taxonomy--are, in fact, relatively close evolutionary cousins. (2018-02-15)
Dye kills malaria parasites at speed not seen before
Research shows that the dye methylene blue is a safe antimalarial that kills malaria parasites at an unprecedented rate. (2018-02-05)
Colorado potato beetle genome gives insight into major agricultural pest
A team of scientists led by University of Wisconsin-Madison entomologist Sean Schoville sequenced the Colorado potato beetle's genome, probing its genes for clues to its surprising adaptability to new environments and insecticides. (2018-01-31)
Double stranded RNA treatment can reduce fertility of adult house fly pests
Double stranded RNA (dsRNA) can effectively reduce house fly fertility, and shows promise as a pest control method, according to a study published Jan. (2018-01-17)
Study examines insecticide's effects on honey bees
Neonicotinoid insecticides, including Syngenta's insecticide thiamethoxam, have been used globally on a wide range of crops through seed, soil, and foliage treatments. (2017-12-19)
New model makes us wiser on cocktail effects
Danish researchers have addressed an international environmental problem by developing a model that can predict how certain chemicals amplify the effects of pesticides and other chemical compounds. (2017-12-13)
Residents of major Pakistan city are exposed to harmful pesticides
Scientists from Pakistan's F Quaid-i-Azam University and Lancaster University have evaluated the organophosphate pesticide concentration in dust from farms and also from pesticide manufacturing plants in the megacity of Lahore. (2017-11-30)
Correctly used neonics do not adversely affect honeybee colonies, new research finds
Amid mounting controversy over use of neonicotinoids and declining bee population, a new analysis by U of G scientists of previously unpublished studies and reports commissioned by agri-chemical companies Bayer and Syngenta -- as well as published papers from the scientific literature -- shows no significant ill effects on honeybee colonies from three common insecticides made by the companies. (2017-11-21)
In bee decline, fungicides emerge as improbable villain
When a Cornell-led team of scientists analyzed two dozen environmental factors to understand bumblebee population declines and range contractions, they expected to find stressors like changes in land use, geography or insecticides. (2017-11-14)
Pesticide use during pregnancy linked to increased risk of childhood brain tumors
Previous epidemiological studies have suggested that exposure to pesticides during pregnancy may have a possible role in the development of childhood brain tumors. (2017-10-03)
Purple plant is on the defensive
While lavender has long been known for its strong scent and soothing oils, a UBC researcher is exploring the plant's ability to create natural pesticides. (2017-09-27)
Does indoor spraying help prevent dengue?
The prevention of dengue, the most prevalent mosquito-borne virus in the world, relies heavily on controlling mosquito populations, as the currently available dengue vaccine is only partially effective. (2017-08-31)
Mosquitoes fatally attracted to deadly, sweet-smelling potion
Mosquitoes have a sweet tooth, relying on plant nectar to survive. (2017-08-23)
Managing western flower thrips
Managing Western Flower Thrips (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) on Lettuce and Green Peach Aphid and Cabbage Aphid (Hemiptera: Aphididae) on Broccoli with Chemical Insecticides and the Entomopathogenic Fungus Beauveria bassiana (Hypocreales: Clavicipitaceae). (2017-08-17)
Cracking the code of megapests
For the first time researchers have mapped the complete genome of two closely related megapests potentially saving the international agricultural community billions of dollars a year. (2017-08-02)
Scientists in China identify way to treat nerve damage caused by insecticides and chemical
New research has uncovered a potential new therapy for the currently untreatable delayed neuropathy caused by acute exposure to insecticides or chemical weapons that attack the nervous system. (2017-08-01)
Infected insects cause a stink
In a paper published today in Scientific Reports, a team led by Adler Dillman, assistant professor of parasitology in UCR's College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, has shown how nematodes use smell to seek out uninfected insects, which they then enter and kill. (2017-07-24)
Mow before you spray, and other tips for protecting pollinators in grassy landscapes
With the right combination of methods, landscape managers can strike an effective balance between pest management and protecting pollinators in turfgrass settings. (2017-07-17)
Field tests show sustained neonicotinoid exposure negatively affects bees
In two of the first large-scale, field-realistic studies to date, researchers in Europe and Canada have affirmed what's been hypothesized about neonicotinoids -- that prolonged exposure to these insecticides negatively affects bees. (2017-06-29)
Mutant mosquitos make insecticide-resistance monitoring key to controlling Zika
One of the most common insecticides used in the battle against the Aedes aegypti mosquito has no measurable impact when applied in communities where the mosquito has built up resistance to it, a study led by Emory University finds. (2017-06-19)
Chemicals used to combat Zika, agricultural pests impact motor skills in infants
A chemical currently being used to ward off mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus and a commonly used insecticide that was threatened with a ban in the United States have been associated with reduced motor function in Chinese infants, a University of Michigan study found. (2017-06-12)
Long after 1980s farm crisis, farmers still take own lives at a high rate
The number of suicides among farmers and farmworkers in the United States has remained stubbornly high since the end of the 1980s farm crisis, much higher than workers in many other industries, according to a new study from the University of Iowa. (2017-06-12)
Supercomputer study unlocks secrets of brain and safer anesthetics
Modelling of how protein 'switches' are activated, leading to electrical signals in the brain, paves the way for understanding how brain activity can be controlled by existing and new drugs, including anesthetics. (2017-05-21)
Using seaweed to kill invasive ants
Scientists at the University of California, Riverside have developed an inexpensive, biodegradable, seaweed-based ant bait that can help homeowners and farmers control invasive Argentine ant populations. (2017-05-18)
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