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Food safety: Dung beetles and soil bacteria reduce risk of human pathogens
Food safety regulations increasingly pressure growers to remove hedgerows, ponds and other natural habitats from farms to keep out pathogen-carrying wildlife and livestock. (2019-03-19)
'Insectageddon' is 'alarmist by bad design': Scientists point out the study's major flaws
Amidst worldwide talks about 'Insectageddon': the extinction of 40 percent of the world's insects, according to a recent scientific review, a response was published in the open-access journal Rethinking Ecology. (2019-03-19)
Rabbits like to eat plants with lots of DNA
Rabbits prefer to eat plants with plenty of DNA, according to a new study by Queen Mary University of London and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. (2019-03-19)
Novel methods for analyzing neural circuits for innate behaviors in insects
We established a method for activity-dependent visualization of neural circuits in the fruit fly brain. (2019-03-14)
Chemical innovation by relatives of the ice cream bean explains tropical biodiversity
The back-and-forth relationship between insects and their food plants may drive tropical biodiversity evolution according to work on Barro Colorado Island's 50 hectare plot in Panama. (2019-03-14)
Scientists warn about the dangerous interaction of plant protection products
A recent study by researchers at the Estonian University of Life Sciences, Ghend, and Cardiff University found that the toxins used in agriculture to combat insect pests and fungi can be more dangerous than expected. (2019-03-12)
What's for dinner? Sushi, with a side of crickets
While insects have been consumed for centuries worldwide, many people still haven't warmed to the idea of a creepy-crawly on the tongue. (2019-03-11)
Dust affects tooth wear and chewing efficiency in chimpanzees
Periodical dust loads on foods places dietary-physiological stress on the digestive system in chimpanzees. (2019-03-06)
Dying trees in cities? Blame it on the pavement
A new NC State University study of urban tree life in the Southeast shows pavement and concrete may have a bigger effect than longitudinal warming. (2019-03-04)
Batmobile with cruise control
A new study led by scientists at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW) investigated the energy requirements and travel speeds of migrating Nathusius' bats (Pipistrellus nathusii). (2019-02-27)
New buzz around insect DNA analysis and biodiversity estimates
Researchers on the remote forested island of Hauturu, New Zealand have compiled a staggering inventory of invertebrate biodiversity using DNA sequencing, adding a significant number of invertebrates to GenBank - an open access database of all publicly available DNA sequences. (2019-02-27)
Nematode odors offer possible advantage in the battle against insect pests
Gardeners commonly use nematodes to naturally get rid of harmful soil-dwelling insects. (2019-02-26)
Insects hijack reproductive genes of grape vines to create own living space on plant
Grape phylloxera -- the insect that nearly wiped out wine production at the end of the 19th century in France -- hijacks a grape vine's reproductive programs to create a leaf gall, which it uses as a pseudo apartment for the parasite to siphon off the plant's nutrients. (2019-02-25)
Bristol undergraduate reconstructs the skulls of 2 species of ancient reptile
Using two partially fragmented fossil skulls, a student at the University of Bristol has digitally reconstructed, in three-dimensions, the skulls of two species of ancient reptile that lived in the Late Triassic, one of which had been previously known only from its jaws. (2019-02-25)
Material that shields beetle from being burned by its own weapons, holds promise
Carabid beetles produce caustic chemicals they spray to defend themselves against predators, and the compound that protects their bodies from these toxic substances shows promise for use in bioengineering or biomedical applications, according to Penn State researchers. (2019-02-25)
Honeybees' waggle dance no longer useful in some cultivated landscapes
For bees and other social insects, being able to exchange information is vital for the success of their colony. (2019-02-22)
Foreign bees monopolize prize resources in biodiversity hotspot
New research revealed that foreign honey bees often account for more than 90 percent of pollinators observed visiting flowers in San Diego, considered a global biodiversity hotspot. (2019-02-20)
Sea worms and jellyfish treat cancer and kill insects
Scientists of the Pacific Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry (PIBOC) of the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (FEB RAS) and the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) found out marine invertebrates living in Troitsa Bay, the Sea of Japan, contain biologically active compounds with strong antitumor and antimicrobial properties, and also capable of killing insects. (2019-02-14)
Tracking pollen with quantum dots
Most plant species on earth are reliant on insects for pollination, including more than 30% of the food crops we eat. (2019-02-14)
From vibrations alone, acacia ants can tell nibbles from the wind
Researchers reporting in the journal Current Biology on Feb. 14 find that the ants of the acacia tree are tipped off to the presence of herbivores by vibrations that run throughout the trees when an animal gets too close or begins to chew. (2019-02-14)
No stink bugs allowed: Study shows size of gaps needed for invasion
If a structure has a gap or entrance large enough for brown marmorated stink bugs to fit through, they will find it. (2019-02-13)
Mosquitoes that carry malaria may have been doing so 100 million years ago
The anopheline mosquitoes that carry malaria were present 100 million years ago, new research shows, potentially shedding fresh light on the history of a disease that continues to kill more than 400,000 people annually. (2019-02-11)
DNA traces on wild flowers reveal insect visitors
Researchers have discovered that insects leave tiny DNA traces on the flowers they visit. (2019-02-08)
How poppy flowers get those vibrant colours that entice insects
With bright reds and yellows -- and even the occasional white -- poppies are very bright and colorful. (2019-02-08)
You are what you eat: A color-changing insect modifies diet to become distasteful
When young spotted lanternflies grow they become brightly red. Around this time, they also begin to feed almost exclusively on the tree of heaven, from which they suck bitter juices into their bodies. (2019-02-08)
Earliest known seed-eating perching bird discovered in Fossil Lake, Wyoming
The 'perching birds,' or passerines, are the most common birds in the world today -- they include sparrows, robins, and finches. (2019-02-07)
Who's listening? Mosquitos can hear up to 10 meters away
Mosquitoes can hear over distances much greater than anyone suspected, according to researchers at Cornell and Binghamton University. (2019-02-07)
When does noise become a meaningful message?
Background noise is usually regarded as a nuisance that masks important sounds. (2019-02-06)
OU study finds insects crave salt and search grasslands for the limiting nutrient
A University of Oklahoma team from the Geographical Ecology Group has published a new study in the journal Ecology on the nutritional preferences of diverse insect communities from Texas to Minnesota. (2019-02-06)
Where do the best strawberries grow?
Agricultural production benefits enormously from flower-visiting bees and other insects. (2019-02-04)
Microbes hitched to insects provide a rich source of new antibiotics
In an exhaustive search of microbes from more than 1,400 insects collected from diverse environments across North and South America, a UW-Madison research team found that insect-borne microbes often outperformed soil bacteria in stopping some of the most common and dangerous antibiotic-resistant pathogens. (2019-02-01)
New study shows how vegans, vegetarians and omnivores feel about eating insects
Many non-vegan vegetarians and omnivores are open to including insects in their diet. (2019-01-30)
Body-painting protects against bloodsucking insects
A study by researchers from Sweden and Hungary shows that white, painted stripes on the body protect skin from insect bites. (2019-01-17)
Let's prepare now so farming insects as food is environmentally friendly, say scientists
As whole-roasted crickets gain traction as a protein-rich snack and restaurants experiment with mealworms on the menu, there's still 'an overwhelming lack of knowledge' concerning the ecological sustainability of the emerging, multi-million-dollar insects-as-food industry, say researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. (2019-01-14)
Wild insects 'get old' before they die
Short-lived wild insects 'get old' -- losing some of their physical abilities -- before they die, new research shows. (2019-01-14)
Artificial bug eyes
Single lens eyes, like those in humans and many other animals, can create sharp images, but the compound eyes of insects and crustaceans have an edge when it comes to peripheral vision, light sensitivity and motion detection. (2019-01-09)
New CRISPR-based technology developed to control pests with precision-guided genetics
Using the CRISPR gene editing tool, researchers have developed a new way to control and suppress populations of insects, potentially including those that ravage agricultural crops and transmit deadly diseases. (2019-01-08)
How locusts switch colours in different settings
Scientists have discovered how locusts change their body colour to adapt to different environments, according to new research published in eLife. (2019-01-08)
Mosquito-specific protein may lead to safer insecticides
A protein required for development of mosquito eggs may provide a mosquito-selective target for insecticide development, according to a new study publishing on Jan. (2019-01-08)
Bee mite arrival in Hawaii causes pathogen changes in honeybee predators
A team led by entomologists at the University of California, Riverside, performed a study on the Big Island and found viruses associated with the varroa mite, a parasite of honeybees, have spilled over into the western yellowjacket, a honeybee predator and honey raider. (2019-01-08)
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