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Insects hold atomic clues about the type of habitats in which they live
Scientists have discovered that insects contain atomic clues as to the habitats in which they are most able to survive. (2011-02-16)
Could Bt transgenic crops have nutritionally favourable effects on insects?
An article published in Ecology Letters, March presents an idea that larvae of some resistant populations of the diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella (L.), may be able to use Cry1Ac toxin derived from Bt as a supplementary food protein. (2003-03-12)
Ant and termite colonies unearth gold
Ant and termite nests show evidence of gold hidden deep underground in new research conducted by CSIRO. (2012-12-09)
Evidence Appears Strong To Bolster Concept Of Co-Evolution, Scientists Say
Are insects always just pests, or do they play a co- evolutionary role with the plants they eat? (1998-12-03)
Encyclopedia of Insects
The second edition of this reference will continue the tradition by providing the most comprehensive, useful and up-to-date resource for professionals. (2009-05-07)
In sex-reversed cave insects, females have the penises
Researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on April 17 have discovered little-known cave insects with rather novel sex lives. (2014-04-17)
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)
City moths avoid the light
The globally increasing light pollution has negative effects on organisms and entire ecosystems. (2016-04-13)
Unique images bring fossil insects back to life
A groundbreaking new book that brings together two of the major disciplines behind 'Jurassic Park' is aiming to raise the profile of insect fossils through stunning photographs and unique illustrations. (2014-07-29)
Plants mimic scent of pollinating beetles
The color and scent of flowers and their perception by pollinator insects are believed to have evolved in the course of mutual adaptation. (2012-04-03)
Spread of plant diseases by insects can be described by equations that model interplanetary gravity
Researchers from Penn State University and the University of Virginia show that the spread of diseases by insects can be described by equations similar to those that describe the force of gravity between planetary objects. (2006-09-01)
York academics reveal new findings about insect diversification
Biologists from the University of York have compiled two new datasets on insect evolution, revealing that metamorphosing insects diversify more quickly than other insects and are therefore the biggest contributors to the evolution of insect diversity. (2014-10-02)
Backswimmers use buoyancy aid like a gill
Few backswimmers are capable of swimming at depth and those that do use small bubbles as buoyancy aids. (2015-11-04)
Insecticide combo delivers knockout punch
A cocktail of insecticides containing a plant protein and a common insecticide may be more lethal to crop pests than either ingredient used alone, according to biologists. (2008-03-11)
New drug discovery spin-off from CSIRO
CSIRO Entomology today announced the establishment of a company dedicated to producing a wide range of therapeutic drugs from a virtually untapped source - insects. (2002-07-22)
Ladybirds -- wolves in sheep's clothing
CSIRO research has revealed that the tremendous diversity of ladybird beetle species is linked to their ability to produce larvae which, with impunity, poach members of (2011-06-27)
Reign of the giant insects ended with the evolution of birds
Giant insects ruled the prehistoric skies during periods when Earth's atmosphere was rich in oxygen. (2012-06-04)
The very defensive caterpillar
Caterpillars are bleeding defensive! Dr. Ionannis Eleftherianos from the University of Bath, UK will speak about the discovery of a protein response system that protects caterpillars from lethal infections when pre-infected with non-pathogenic bacteria. (2005-07-12)
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)
Insects may be the answer to consumer demand for more protein
The growing consumer demand for protein -- and the lack of new farmland to raise more livestock -- could make insects an attractive alternative to traditional protein sources, according to a July 13 symposium at IFT15: Where Science Feeds Innovation hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists in Chicago. (2015-07-15)
Why insects can develop from unfertilized egg cells
A scientist from the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Biology, has, together with his Russian colleague, explained frequent occurrence of parthenogenesis -- development of organisms from unfertilized egg cells -- in insects. (2017-10-26)
Researchers identify new target to boost plant resistance to insects and pathogens
Plants have evolved unique and sophisticated immune systems to defend themselves against insects and pathogens. (2013-05-23)
Ozone masks plants volatiles, plant eating insects confused
Increases in ground-level ozone, especially in rural areas, may interfere not only with predator insects finding host plants, but also with pollinators finding flowers, according to researchers from Penn State and the University of Virginia. (2013-04-02)
Nocturnal, compass-guided insects have a sense for turbulence too
When nocturnal insects make their high-flying journeys through the darkness of night, they may have more than an internal compass to guide them on their way. (2015-08-31)
How does a locust walk a ladder? A lot like you
When a person walks a ladder or perhaps a series of stepping stones, they rely on their vision to find each and every foothold. (2009-12-24)
New genetic analysis forces re-draw of insect family tree
The family tree covering almost half the animal species on the planet has been re-drawn following a genetic analysis which has revealed new relationships between four major groups of insects. (2006-10-26)
K-State professors make discovery in pesticide-resistant bugs
Farmers have known for years that insects are able to become immune to insecticides over time. (2002-04-07)
Spiders eat 400-800 million tons of prey every year
It has long been suspected that spiders are one of the most important groups of predators of insects. (2017-03-14)
Two new creeping water bug species found in Belize and Peru
Two new saucer bugs (also called the creeping water bugs) have been found in streams in western Belize and southeastern Peru. (2015-04-28)
Insect brains are rich stores of new antibiotics
Cockroaches could be more of a health benefit than a health hazard according to scientists from the University of Nottingham, who have discovered powerful antibiotic properties in the brains of cockroaches and locusts. (2010-09-06)
Insect legs give clues to improving aircraft design
Insect legs could help engineers improve the safety of long tubular structures used in aircraft to reduce weight and in hospital equipment, such as catheters. (2015-07-01)
Virus pulls bait and switch on insect vectors
A common plant virus lures aphids to infected plants by making the plants more attractive, but when the insects taste the plant, they quickly leave for tastier, healthier ones. (2010-02-01)
Predators: an overlooked player in plant-pollinator relationships
Biologists have recognized that predators help to shape ecological communities. (2003-08-13)
COST Action IE0601 training school
In the scope of the COST Action IE 0601 (WoodCultHer), COST is organizing a training school to bring together younger and experienced researchers, conservators and other scientists working in the field wood science. (2009-03-10)
Pitcher plants 'switch off' traps to capture more ants
Insect-eating pitcher plants temporarily 'switch off' their traps in order to lure more prey into danger, new research from the University of Bristol, UK, and the University of Cambridge, UK, has found. (2015-01-13)
For many insects, winter survival is in the genes
Many insects living in northern climates don't die at the first signs of cold weather. (2007-05-30)
Proteins in unroasted coffee beans may become next-generation insecticides
Scientists in Brazil are reporting for the first time that coffee beans contain proteins that can kill insects and might be developed into new insecticides for protecting food crops against destructive pests. (2010-05-20)
Mass insect migrations in UK skies
For the first time, scientists have measured the movements of high-flying insects in the skies over southern England -- and found that about 3.5 trillion migrate over the region every year. (2016-12-22)
Blood-sucking mosquitoes keep their cool
The researchers showed that the cooling depended on those drops of fluid the insects excrete from their backsides as they feed. (2011-12-15)
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