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Migratory hoverflies 'key' as many insects decline
Migratory hoverflies are 'key' to pollination and controlling crop pests amid the decline of many other insect species, new research shows. (2019-06-13)
Researchers determine ideal areas and timing for biological control of invasive stink bug
Biological control of the brown marmorated stink bug, an invasive pest that devastates gardens and crops, would be more effective in natural areas bordering crops or at times when certain insecticides aren't being applied. (2019-06-12)
U of G researchers discover meat-eating plant in Ontario, Canada
Pitcher plants growing in wetlands across Canada have long been known to eat creatures -- mostly insects and spiders -- that fall into their bell-shaped leaves and decompose in rainwater collected there. (2019-06-07)
Thinning forests, prescribed fire before drought reduced tree loss
Thinning forests and conducting prescribed burns may help preserve trees in future droughts and bark beetle epidemics expected under climate change, suggests a study from the University of California, Davis. (2019-05-29)
Cranberries join forces with antibiotics to fight bacteria
The global spread of antibiotic resistance is undermining decades of progress in fighting bacterial infections. (2019-05-28)
Domino effect of species extinctions also damages biodiversity
The mutual dependencies of many plant species and their pollinators mean that the negative effects of climate change are exacerbated. (2019-05-28)
Bedbugs evolved more than 100 million years ago -- and walked the earth with T. rex
Bedbugs - some of the most unwanted human bed-mates -- have been parasitic companions with other species aside from humans for more than 100 million years, walking the earth at the same time as dinosaurs. (2019-05-16)
As bumblebee diets narrow, ours could too
A new study from the University of California, Riverside, reveals the loss of plant diversity harms the humble bumble at a critical stage in its development from egg to adult. (2019-05-15)
Making a meal of it: Mosquito spit protein controls blood feeding
Researchers led by Kanazawa University developed a transgenic approach to inactivating the mosquito salivary protein AAPP. (2019-05-10)
Sussex mathematician's breakthrough on non-toxic pest control
Breakthrough 'gene silencing' technique uses naturally occurring soil bacteria to kill specific crop-destroying pests without harming other insects or the environment. (2019-05-02)
This hawk likes crab for dinner
This is the first report of a red-shouldered hawk attacking and presumably consuming any species of crab and the first report of probable ghost crab predation by a raptor in North America. (2019-05-02)
Pest-killing fungi could protect NYS grapes, apples from invasive insect
Cornell University-led research reports that two local fungal pathogens could potentially curb an invasive insect that has New York vineyard owners on edge. (2019-04-30)
Holy Pleistocene Batman, the answer's in the cave
Examining a 3-meter stack of bat feces has shed light on the landscape of the ancient continent of Sundaland. (2019-04-25)
What makes mosquitoes avoid DEET? An answer in their legs
Many of us slather ourselves in DEET each summer in hopes of avoiding mosquito bites, and it generally works rather well. (2019-04-25)
Mixing grass varieties may reduce insect infestations in lawns
A simple change in the choice of grass varieties for lawns of St. (2019-04-22)
Flies smell through a Gore-Tex system
A research group led by a scientist of the RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (BDR) has gained important insights into how the nanopores that allow the fruit fly to detect chemicals in the air, and has identified the gene responsible for their development. (2019-04-18)
Could climate change cause infertility?
A number of plant and animal species could find it increasingly difficult to reproduce if climate change worsens and global temperatures become more extreme -- a stark warning highlighted by new scientific research. (2019-04-15)
We now know how insects and bacteria control ice
in a paper published today in the Journal of the American Chemical Society University of Utah professor Valeria Molinero and her colleagues show how key proteins produced in bacteria and insects can either promote or inhibit the formation of ice, based on their length and their ability to team up to form large ice-binding surfaces. (2019-04-12)
Interplay of pollinators and pests influences plant evolution
Brassica rapa plants pollinated by bumblebees evolve more attractive flowers. (2019-04-11)
Tiny traces of neonicotinoid pesticides impair insects' ability to spot predators
Traces of neonicotinoid pesticides can impair a flying insect's ability to spot predators and avoid collisions with objects in their path. (2019-04-10)
New pathways for sustainable agriculture
Diversity beats monotony: a colourful patchwork of small, differently used plots can bring advantages to agriculture and nature. (2019-04-08)
Compound that kills drug-resistant fungi is isolated from ant microbiota
A project conducted by researchers in Brazil and the US investigated bacteria living in symbiosis with insects as a source for novel drugs. (2019-04-04)
Love Island: Flamboyant males get the girls on Madagascar
German scientists have discovered two new species of giant stick insect on Madagascar, whose males become dazzling blue or multicolored at sexual maturity. (2019-04-02)
Fossil fly with an extremely long proboscis sheds light on the insect pollination origin
A long-nosed fly from the Jurassic of Central Asia, reported by Russian paleontologists, provides new evidence that insects have started serving as pollinators long before the emergence of flowering plants. (2019-04-01)
How light from street lamps and trees influence the activity of urban bats
A study conducted by a team led by the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW) sheds new light on how exactly ultraviolet (UV) emitting and non-UV emitting street lamps influence the activity of bats in the Berlin metropolitan area and whether tree cover might mitigate any effect of light pollution. (2019-03-27)
Birds bug out over coffee
New research conducted by the University of Delaware has found that birds are as picky as coffee snobs when it comes to the trees they'll migrate to for a summer habitat. (2019-03-27)
Control of mosquito-borne diseases
Researchers from INRA, CIRAD, CEA, the University of Montpellier, and Chicago and Vanderbilt Universities in the United States have developed an innovative method for analysing the genome of the Wolbachia bacterium. (2019-03-26)
Venus flytrap 'teeth' form a 'horrid prison' for medium-sized prey
In 'Testing Darwin's Hypothesis about the Wonderful Venus Flytrap: Marginal Spikes Form a 'Horrid Prison' for Moderate-Sized Insect Prey,' Alexander L. (2019-03-26)
Caterpillars retrieve 'voicemail' by eating soil
Leaf-feeding caterpillars greatly enrich their intestinal flora by eating soil. (2019-03-22)
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)
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