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Scientists show molecular basis for ants acting as 'bodyguards' for plants
Though you might not think of ants as formidable bodyguards, some do an impressive job protecting plants from enemies. (2017-09-18)
Humans no longer have ancient defence mechanism against viruses
Insects and plants have an important ancient defense mechanism that helps them to fight viruses. (2017-09-15)
Insects can see the world in much finer resolution than previously thought
Insects have much better vision and can see in far greater detail than previously thought, a new study from the University of Sheffield has revealed. (2017-09-05)
Rare footage of a new clearwing moth species from Malaysia reveals its behavior
Unique footage of a shiny blue, elusive new species of clearwing moth has been recorded in a primeval rainforest in Peninsular Malaysia. (2017-09-05)
Superfly flight simulator helps unravel navigation in the brain
Researchers at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan have identified two independent pathways in the fly brain that are integrated to allow successful navigation during flight. (2017-09-04)
Nature Conservation special: Guidelines for the monitoring of beetles protected in Europe
In a set of eight research publications, scientists tested various methods for the monitoring of five European saproxylic beetle species protected by the Habitats Directive. (2017-08-31)
Profitable cooperation: Ants protect and fertilize plants
Profitable cooperation: Ants protect and fertilize plants In a new article, researchers from Aarhus University, Denmark, describe how the waste left by ants on plant leaves serves as a valuable fertilizer for the plants -- handed on a silver platter. (2017-08-30)
A new estimate of biodiversity on Earth
A new research article estimates there are about a thousand times more species than people thought existed, most of them bacteria. (2017-08-29)
Paleontologists discover new species of sauropod dinosaur in Tanzania
Paleontologists have identified a new species of titanosaurian dinosaur. The research is reported in a paper published this week in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology and is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). (2017-08-25)
No microbes? No problem for caterpillars
Caterpillars have far less bacteria and fungi inhabiting their gut than other animals and the microbes that inside them seem to lack any identifiable role, aside from occasionally causing disease. (2017-08-22)
Have flowers devised the ultimate weapon of distraction?
Nectar, the high-energy 'honey' produced by flowers, might be a brilliant distraction technique to help protect a flower's reproductive parts, according to new research. (2017-08-21)
Smells like queen spirit
To reign supreme in a colony, queen ants exude a special scent, or pheromone, on the waxy surface of their body that suppresses ovary development in their sisters, rendering the latter reproductively inactive workers that find food, nurse the young and protect the colony. (2017-08-17)
The irresistible fragrance of dying vinegar flies
Vinegar flies should normally try to avoid their sick conspecifics to prevent becoming infected themselves. (2017-08-16)
Adding silicon to soil to strengthen plant defenses
Researchers from the University of Delaware have joined a team from Western Sydney University in Australia to examine the addition of silicon to the soil in which plants are grown to help strengthen plants against potential predators. (2017-08-15)
Chemical profile of ants adapts rapidly
Biologists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany recently established that ants can adapt their hydrocarbon profile quickly during the course of evolution and rapidly adapt to external selection pressures. (2017-08-11)
Scientists unlock planthoppers' role in rice stripe virus reproduction
Recently, researchers from the Institute of Zoology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have discovered how a severe rice virus reproduces inside the small brown planthopper, a major carrier of the virus, and have published this work in eLife. (2017-08-10)
First mutant ants shed light on evolution of social behavior
Scientists disrupted a gene essential for sensing pheromones, resulting in severe deficiencies in the ants' social behaviors and their ability to survive within a colony. (2017-08-10)
New scanning process allows unprecedented look inside live insects
Conventional insect scanning usually requires killing the insect. A new collaborative process developed at Western University in London, Canada, shows live insects can be scanned if they're anesthetized temporarily with carbon dioxide. (2017-08-08)
Local collaboration key to protecting pollinators while managing ticks, mosquitoes
Managing mosquito and tick populations and protecting the health of pollinators are growing concerns on a global scale, but success in both requires teamwork on the local level. (2017-08-08)
Forensic entomologist unearths Chinese migrant fly in Europe
Dr Stefano Vanin first detected the insect on corpses in Italy, but the insect has now also been found in Spain and Portugal. (2017-08-03)
Can insects be used as evidence to tell if a body has been moved?
The use of insects as indicators of post-mortem displacement is a familiar technique depicted on many crime investigation TV shows. (2017-08-01)
Leaf beetles: Even a tiny dose of pesticide will impair reproduction
The number of insects in Germany is declining rapidly - in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia alone, it has dropped by three-quarters within only 25 years. (2017-07-31)
Crops that kill pests by shutting off their genes
Plants are among many eukaryotes that can 'turn off' one or more of their genes by using a process called RNA interference to block protein translation. (2017-07-27)
Plant parasite dodder transmits signals among different hosts
Prof. WU Jianqiang from Kunming Institute of Botany of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (KIB/CAS) and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany, found out, when a host plant is attacked by insects, dodders can transmit signals to the other dodder-connected hosts, activating defense responses. (2017-07-25)
Dodder: A parasite involved in the plant alarm system
A team of scientists from the Kunming Institute of Botany in China and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena has discovered that parasitic plants of the genus Cuscuta (dodder) not only deplete nutrients from their host plants, but also function as important 'information brokers' among neighboring plants, when insects feed on host plants. (2017-07-25)
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)
Nesting aids make agricultural fields attractive for bees
Wild bees are important pollinators of many crop plants - sometimes they are even more efficient than honeybees. (2017-07-20)
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)
'No solid evidence' for biopesticide-diarrhea link
A report commissioned by EU food regulators wrongly linked a highly effective biopesticide with diarrhea in humans, an expert says. (2017-07-17)
Ants build sinking Eiffel Towers when trying to escape
Fire ants use their bodies to construct Eiffel Tower-looking structures when they run into a tall obstruction while looking for food or escaping to new areas. (2017-07-11)
Decoding ants' coat of many odors
Biologists report a major advance in deciphering the molecular genetics underlying the ant's high-definition sense of smell, an ability that has allowed them to create the most complicated social organization on earth next to humans. (2017-07-10)
Climate change threatens domestic bee species
Global warming changes the flowering times of plants and the moment when bees hatch -- sometimes with severe consequences for the bees. (2017-07-06)
Praying mantises hunt down birds worldwide
A study by zoologists from Switzerland and the US shows: praying mantises all over the globe also include birds in their diet. (2017-07-04)
New gene editing technique could drive out mosquito-borne disease
Scientists at UC Berkeley and UC Riverside have demonstrated a way to edit the genome of disease-carrying mosquitoes that brings us closer to suppressing them on a continental scale. (2017-06-27)
Sweet bribes for ants are key to crops bearing fruit, study shows
Some flowering crops, such as beans and cotton, carefully manage the amount and sweetness of nectar produced on their flowers and leaves, to recruit colonising ants which deter herbivores. (2017-06-23)
Small rodent species may become endangered
A small rodent called the hazel dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius) is a European Protected Species and is monitored by volunteers at sites in England and Wales for the National Dormouse Monitoring Programme. (2017-06-21)
Active 24/7 and doing great
Circadian clocks control the day-night cycle of many living beings. (2017-06-21)
Board game helps Mexican coffee farmers grasp complex ecological interactions
A chess-like board game developed by University of Michigan researchers helps small-scale Mexican coffee farmers better understand the complex interactions between the insects and fungi that live on their plants -- and how some of those creatures can help provide natural pest control. (2017-06-20)
Bee antennae offer links between the evolution of social behavior and communication
As bees' social behavior evolved, their complex chemical communication systems evolved in concert, according to a study published online by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2017-06-15)
Mosquito-killing fungi engineered with spider and scorpion toxins could help fight malaria
A new study from the University of Maryland and colleagues from Burkina Faso, China and Australia suggests that a mosquito-killing fungus genetically engineered to produce spider and scorpion toxins could serve as a highly effective biological control mechanism to fight malaria-carrying mosquitoes. (2017-06-13)
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