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UC Cooperative Extension team wins Circle of Life award
A nine-member University of California Cooperative Extension team recently won the annual Circle of Life award from the California Rice Commission for two decades of dedication, commitment and accomplishments to the rice industry. (2009-03-20)

Entomological Society of America names 2010 Fellows
ESA has selected 10 new Fellows of the Society for 2010. The election as a Fellow acknowledges outstanding contributions in one or more of the following: research, teaching, extension or administration. The following Fellows will be recognized during Entomology 2010 -- ESA's Annual Meeting -- which will be held Dec. 12-15 in San Diego, Calif. (2010-08-02)

Diversity as natural pesticide
Monoculture crops provide the nutrient levels insect pests crave, explains a study led by the University of California, Davis, in the journal Nature. Returning plant diversity to farmland could be a key step toward sustainable pest control. (2016-10-12)

Selenium impacts honey bee behavior and survival
Entomologists at UC Riverside have a (2012-04-25)

Scientists develop new model for protecting biodiversity
In an era of climate change, pollution, and rapid habitat loss, it's all too easy for doom and gloom to prevail when discussing conservation issues. However, armed with the right information, it is still possible to create conservation success stories. That is just what entomologist Brian Fisher from the California Academy of Sciences and a team of international collaborators are well on their way to doing in Madagascar. (2008-04-10)

NAS announces visual culture and evolution online symposium
The Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences will co-host the Visual Culture and Evolution Online Symposium. (2010-04-01)

Millipede family added to Australian fauna
An entire group of millipedes previously unknown in Australia has been discovered by a specialist - on museum shelves. Hundreds of tiny specimens of the widespread tropical family Pyrgodesmidae have been found among bulk samples in two museums, showing that native pyrgodesmids are not only widespread in Australia's tropical and subtropical forests, but are also abundant and diverse. The study has been published in the open access journal ZooKeys. (2012-08-30)

Connection between virus and Colony Collapse Disorder in bees
A team led by scientists from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Pennsylvania State University, the USDA Agricultural Research Service, University of Arizona, and 454 Life Sciences has found a significant connection between the Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus (IAPV) and Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in honey bees. The findings, an important step in addressing the disorder that is decimating bee colonies across the country, are published in the journal Science this week. (2007-09-06)

The bee that would be queen
A team of researchers from Arizona State University, Purdue University and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences has discovered evidence that honeybees have adopted a phylogenetically old molecular cascade -- TOR (target of rapamycin), linked to nutrient and energy sensing -- and put it to use in caste development. They found that queen-fate can be blocked, and that workers develop, when TOR activity is reduced during development. (2007-06-05)

Every time the small cabbage white butterfly flaps its wings it has us to thank
Through close examination of genetic variation and similarities between existing populations, and comparisons of historical data regarding infestations of Pieris rapae in Brassicaceae crops, a consortium of researchers document how humans helped the small cabbage white butterfly spread from Europe across the world. Scientists from eight institutions partnered with more than 150 volunteer citizen scientists from 32 countries to detail the pest's range and current genetic diversity. (2019-09-10)

Insect resistance to Bt crops can be predicted, monitored and managed
With Bt crop acreage increasing worldwide, incorporating enhanced understanding of observed patterns of field-evolved resistance into future resistance management strategies can help to minimize the drawbacks and maximize the benefits of current and future generations of transgenic crops. (2009-11-23)

New data from 10-year global flea monitoring program confirms imidacloprid remains highly effective
Bayer Animal Heath announced today at the 22nd World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology, Calgary, Canada, the latest results of a large-scale, international, independent Flea Susceptibility Monitoring program, demonstrating that imidacloprid remains highly effective for the control of fleas in companion animals. (2009-08-13)

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

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)

Professor's essay is 1 of 10 in special issue of Daedalus
Bren professor David Tilman's essay on the role of biodiversity in environmental sustainability is one of only ten essays in a new volume of the journal Daedalus, titled (2012-07-24)

Beetles and a cup of joe
When java giants like Starbucks seek out the finest fair trade coffee beans in Guatemala, insects can make all the difference. Tucked away in the M.T. James Entomological Museum at Washington State University, more than 130,000 colorful moths, beetles and other bugs are preserving a slice of Guatemalan biodiversity essential to the country's health and economy. (2014-10-15)

'Nightmarish' antlions' spiral digging techniques create effective and deadly traps
A team of biologists and physicists, led by the University of Bristol, have uncovered new insights into how antlions - one of the fiercest and most terrifying predators in the insect kingdom - build their deadly pit traps. (2019-03-26)

Pear pest's chemical 'come hither' identified
Pear psylla is a cicada-like pest with a vexing tendency to develop resistance to insecticides. But now, a new weapon could be in the works. Agricultural Research Service and University of California, Riverside, scientists have jointly identified a key component of the female psylla's chemical sex attractant, or pheromone, which could set the stage for luring amorous males to their doom. (2010-07-02)

Philadelphia scientist is named 'Best Scientist in Nature and Environment'
A Philadelphia scientist who is leading a multinational effort to improve water quality monitoring and standards in Mongolia has received an award for his work from the central Asian nation. Dr. Jon Gelhaus, an evolutionary biologist at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, recently received the (2011-11-11)

UC Riverside leads the country with the highest number of 2002 AAAS Fellows
For their work of scientific or social distinction, 13 faculty members at University of California, Riverside were named as 2002 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the highest number of fellows a single institution has received this year. Thirteen fellows is also the new record for UC Riverside. (2002-10-25)

Vectors of bluetongue get a name
Scientists of the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine have developed a molecular technique to easily and dependably identify the biting midges that spread bluetongue disease. Until know this identification was a problem. The technology helps to understand how the disease spreads, and how to control it. They report in the journal Medical and Veterinary Entomology. (2011-10-06)

Rare Amazonian butterfly named after British national treasure Sir David Attenborough
A beautiful new Black-eyed Satyr species has become the first butterfly named in honour of popular naturalist and TV presenter Sir David Attenborough. Although not the first animal to be named after the British national treasure, it is so rare that it is known only from lowland tropical forests of the upper Amazon basin in Venezuela, Colombia, and Brazil. The study, conducted by an international research team, is published in the open-access journal ZooKeys. (2015-12-01)

Study identifies spread of bee disease via flowers
One in 11 flowers carries disease-causing parasites known to contribute to bee declines, according to a Cornell University study that identifies how flowers act as hubs for transmitting diseases to bees and other pollinators. (2020-07-23)

New butterfly named for pioneering 17th-century entomologist Maria Sibylla Merian
More than two centuries before initiatives to increase the number of women in STEM fields, Maria Sibylla Merian was a professional artist and naturalist whose close observations and illustrations were the first to accurately portray the metamorphosis of butterflies and moths and emphasize the intimate relationship between insects and their host plants. Now, a new Central American butterfly species has been named in her honor. (2018-12-05)

Stopping flies before they mature
An insect growth regulator is one of the latest technologies US Department of Agriculture scientists are adding to their arsenal to help fight house flies that spread bacteria to food. (2012-11-26)

Fabric softener sheets repel gnats
Gardeners often claim that putting Bounce fabric softener sheets in their pockets is an effective way to repel pests like mosquitoes and gnats. In a report published in HortScience, Kansas State University researchers discussed a series experiments they conducted to ascertain whether Bounce dryer sheets (Outdoor Fresh Scent, Procter and Gamble) repel fungus gnat adults under laboratory conditions. The research team also analyzed the volatile compounds in the dryer sheets using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. (2010-12-15)

Widely used virus assay shown unreliable when compared to other methods
In the course of doing research on the mosquito-borne pathogens chikungunya virus and o' nyong-nyong virus, Virginia Tech researchers have discovered an inconvenient truth about an assay, strand-specific quantitative real-time PCR (ssqPCR), increasingly being used to detect and measure replicating viral RNA in infected cells and tissues. The method most labs are using for ssqPCR is unreliable. (2009-10-21)

E.O. Wilson and Peter Raven to receive Linnaean Legacy Award at NYAS public event
Biologist Edward O. Wilson and botanist Peter H. Raven will receive the 2010 Linnaean Legacy Award Saturday, Nov. 6, at the New York Academy of Sciences. Each will also deliver a public lecture on the future of biodiversity. The ticketed event begins at 7:30 p.m. The title of Wilson's talk is (2010-11-01)

Aussie wasp on the hunt for redback spiders
University of Adelaide researchers say a small wasp that scientists had forgotten about for more than 200 years is now making a name for itself - as a predator of Australia's most common dangerous spider, the redback. (2012-09-11)

What is a virus? Research suggests a broader definition may be needed
The strange interaction of a parasitic wasp, the caterpillar in which it lays its eggs and a virus that helps it overcome the caterpillar's immune defenses has some scientists rethinking the definition of a virus. (2009-02-13)

Mosquito mating mechanism could lead to new attack on dengue and yellow fever
Cornell researchers have identified a mating mechanism that possibly could be adapted to prevent female mosquitoes from spreading the viruses that cause dengue fever, second only to malaria as the most virulent mosquito-borne disease in the tropical world. (2008-04-10)

Partnership focuses on developing East Coast fever vaccine
A vaccine that protects cattle against East Coast fever, a destructive disease in eastern and central Africa, is being developed by scientists at the US Department of Agriculture and the International Livestock Research Institute in Kenya. (2011-10-04)

Scientists find genes involved in the battle between Hessian flies and wheat
Wheat has ways to battle Hessian fly larvae that nibble on the plant's leaves and can destroy crops worldwide, but the larvae that survive eventually evolve methods to overcome plant defenses. Purdue University and USDA-Agriculture Research Service scientists trying to thwart the insect have identified genes that nullify toxins that wheat produces to protect itself from the munching larvae. (2007-03-07)

Newly identified bacteria may help bees nourish their young
A team of researchers at the University of California, Riverside have isolated three previously unknown bacterial species from wild bees and flowers. The bacteria, which belong to the genus Lactobacillus, may play a role in preserving the nectar and pollen that female bees store in their nests as food for their larvae. (2018-04-13)

Arachnophobic entomologists: When 2 more legs make a big difference
For some entomologists, an apparent paradox exists: despite choosing a career working with insects, they exhibit negative feelings toward spiders which range from mild disgust to extreme arachnophobia. (2013-09-16)

UC Riverside undergraduates win Strauss Scholarships for STEM-related projects
Undergraduates at the University of California, Riverside are on a success roll. First, two students won Goldwater Scholarships, announced last month. Now three undergraduate students have been named winners of prestigious scholarships from the Donald A. Strauss Foundation. Highly competitive, the Strauss Scholarship is a public service scholarship given to university students in California. (2015-05-07)

Scientists unlock genetic secret that could help fight malaria
A group of scientists, including one from the University of California, Riverside, have discovered a long-hypothesized male determining gene in the mosquito species that carries malaria, laying the groundwork for the development of strategies that could help control the disease. (2016-03-29)

Heat, rainfall affect pathogenic mosquito abundance in catch basins
Rainfall and temperature affect the abundance of two mosquito species linked to West Nile Virus in storm catch basins in suburban Chicago, two University of Illinois researchers report. (2012-07-06)

University of Guam entomologist secures USDA funding for weevil control
r. Gadi V. P. Reddy of the Western Pacific Tropical Research Center, UOG has been awarded a $75,000 US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service grant to address the weevil threat to palms in the region. (2009-08-17)

Pesticides used to help bees may actually harm them
Honeybees from chlorothalanil-treated hives showed the greatest change in gut microbiome. (2016-08-08)

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