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Guardian angels for seeds
The seeds that you plant in your backyard garden next spring -- and farmers sow in their fields -- may have a guardian angel that helps them sprout and grow to yield bountiful harvests. (2010-11-10)
Parasitic tapeworm influences behavior and lifespan of uninfected members of ant colonies
Ants are quite often infected by parasites. For example, tapeworms use ants as intermediate hosts for a part of their development phase before they complete their life cycle in their main host. (2015-12-01)
Eating insects: Like them stir fried or curried?
On Sept. 23, the Clinton Global Initiative awarded the Hult Prize, worth $1 million, to a team of student entrepreneurs at McGill University, Canada. (2013-10-01)
Physicists solve longstanding puzzle of how moths find distant mates
Physicists have come up with a mathematical explanation for moths' remarkable ability to find mates in the dark hundreds of meters away. (2014-10-20)
Buzz off: Popular insect repellents pack a powerful '1-2' punch
Two new studies reveal that the commonly used insect repellents DEET and citronellal each work through a dual stimulation of insect sensory systems. (2010-08-25)
Catching evolution's henchmen in the act
Everyone has mitochondria--the famous (2003-10-31)
Study suggests theory for insect colonies as 'superorganisms'
A team of researchers including scientists from the University of Florida has shown insect colonies follow some of the same biological (2010-01-18)
Colorful caterpillar chemists
Scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute compared the diets of two caterpillar species, expecting the one that exclusively consumed plants containing toxic chemicals would more easily incorporate toxins into its body than the one with a broad diet. (2015-10-02)
Bugs, even 'bad' ones, can be educationally beneficial, new book says
We have much to learn from bad bugs, according to Gilbert Waldbauer, whose book (2005-03-01)
Delaware chemists win national award for environmentally benign insecticide
Stephen F. McCann and his colleagues Charles Harrison, George Lahm, Rafael Shapiro and Keith Wing of E.I. (2003-03-04)
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)
Untangling the web of tropical biodiversity
One of the world's largest and highest-quality set of observations on live tropical insects and their host plants has led researchers to reinterpret the structure of tropical insect communities. (2002-10-24)
Microbial 'missing link' discovered after man impales hand on tree branch
Two years ago, a 71-year-old Indiana man impaled his hand on a branch after cutting down a dead tree. (2012-11-26)
Ancient wingless wasp, now extinct, is one of a kind
Researchers have identified a bizarre, parasitic wasp without wings preserved in 100-million-year-old amber, which seems to borrow parts of its anatomy from a range of other insects but actually belongs to no other family ever identified on Earth. (2016-10-11)
UCSD biologists identify genetic mechanism conferring resistance to 'Bt toxins'
Biologists at the University of California, San Diego have discovered the genetic and molecular means by which roundworms, and probably insects, can develop resistance to the most widely used biologically produced insecticide--crystalline toxins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt. (2001-08-02)
Ancient species of mayfly had short, tragic life
A tiny mayfly that died 100 million years ago, but was preserved for perpetuity in amber, is helping to shed light on ancient ecosystems. (2011-06-24)
Mother knows best
Scientists have found new evidence to explain how female insects can influence the father of their offspring, even after mating with up to ten males. (2009-09-08)
Team nebulizes aphids to knock down gene expression
Researchers are nebulizing soybean aphids with RNA to speed the process of discovering the function of many mystery genes. (2017-03-20)
JCU scientists find scorpions target their venom
In the first study of its kind, James Cook University scientists have shown scorpions can fine-tune their venom to suit different predators and prey. (2017-10-11)
Sexy snacks
In the animal world, males typically search for their female partners. (2011-09-28)
River food webs threatened by widespread hydropower practice
The decline of aquatic insects downstream from some hydroelectric dams has been linked to a widespread practice known as hydropeaking, whereby river flows are increased during the day when electricity demands are large, according to a new study led by the US Geological Survey, along with researchers from Oregon State University, Utah State University and Idaho State University. (2016-05-02)
University of Tennessee study: Bats important to survival of rare frog, other species
Bat poop matters. So says a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, study examining a little-known species, the Caucasian parsley frog, and its reliance on insects that breed in bat guano. (2015-10-21)
Scientists find insects can alter plant chemistry to help them find mates
Each spring, amid the decaying rubble of dead prairie plants, emerging male gall wasps find mates by calling upon the chemistry prowess of their predecessors, entomologists scouring Central Illinois have discovered. (2002-11-18)
Spider mite's secrets revealed
The cost of chemically controlling damage caused by the spider mite exceeds USD 1 billion per year. (2011-11-23)
Low oxygen triggers moth molt
A new explanation for one of nature's most mysterious processes, the transformation of caterpillars into moths or butterflies, might best be described as breathless. (2011-08-22)
Beetles use dung balls to stay cool
Dung beetles roll their feasts of dung away to avoid the hoards of other hungry competitors at the dung pile. (2012-10-22)
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)
Giant insects might reign if only there was more oxygen in the air
The delicate lady bug in your garden could be frighteningly large if only there was a greater concentration of oxygen in the air, a new study concludes. (2006-10-11)
Code-breaking insects steal plants' defensive signals, enabling counterattack
Herbivorous insects that dine on crops use a form of molecular code-breaking to ready their defenses against a chemically protective shield employed by their dinner, say scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (2002-10-16)
Male flower parts responsible for potent grapevine perfume: UBC research
University of British Columbia scientists have traced the fragrant scent of grapevine flowers to pollen grains stored in the anthers, contrary to common perception that petals alone produce perfume. (2009-04-06)
Fast-evolving genes control developmental differences in social insects
A new study found that genes involved in creating different sexes, life stages and castes of fire ants and honeybees evolved more rapidly than genes not involved in these processes. (2011-09-19)
UB professor studies the flight of hummingbirds to develop self-propelled surveillance devices
The secret to the flight of the hummingbird and other tiny birds and insects lies in the looping, swirling flow of air, called a vortex, that their flapping wings create. (2009-12-16)
How the zebra got its stripes
Horseflies are unpleasant insects that deliver powerful bites and now it seems that zebras evolved their stripes to avoid attracting the unpleasant pests. (2012-02-09)
Six-legged livestock -- sustainable food production
Farming crickets for human consumption is less of a burden on the environment than other livestock production systems according to a new study by the University of Copenhagen's Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports and Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences. (2017-05-11)
Management strategies to reduce catfacing in peaches
Researchers studied six under-tree vegetation-free strip widths and supplemental irrigation in years 4-8 of a young peach orchard to determine effects on peach tree growth and fruit yield, harvest maturity, and fruit size. (2015-07-29)
Noted entomologist to receive science excellence award
The Academy of Natural Sciences today announced it will give its highest science award to a noted behavioral ecologist who has done more than anyone to document one of the most economically important groups of insects: grasshoppers. (2010-05-03)
Successful genome sequencing of Pea Aphid is a breakthrough for ecology and agricultural research
A special issue of Insect Molecular Biology reports the detailed analyses of specific aspects of the genome of the important plant pest, the Pea Aphid. (2010-02-23)
Muscular head pumps give long-proboscid fly the edge
A long-proboscid fly with an extra-long, tongue-like proboscis might seem to take extra-long to feed on a flower, but it actually has an advantage over its counterparts with average sized nectar-sipping mouth parts. (2013-12-10)
Bees see super color at super speed
Bees see the world almost five times faster than humans, according to new research from scientists at Queen Mary, University of London. (2010-03-17)
Unexpected diversity of egg yolk proteins play a key role in ant sociality and castes
In the advanced online edition of Molecular Biology and Evolution, Claire Morandin et al. performed molecular evolutionary analyses on the egg yolk forming protein, Vitellogenin, and its many forms, amongst seven Formica ant species. (2014-06-03)
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