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Scientists shut down reproductive ability, desire in pest insects
Entomologists have identified a neuropeptide named natalisin that regulates the sexual activity and reproductive ability of insects. The finding may open new possibilities for environmentally friendly pest management. (2013-08-26)

Successful 'Green' Solvent Found For Problematic Chemicals
In the search for less hazardous manufacturing solvents, researchers at the Universities of Notre Dame and Pittsburgh report in the May 6, 1999, issue of Nature a new process to separate problematic chemicals from ionic liquids. (1999-05-06)

Bugs in boxes show difficulty of predicting invaders' progress
A study in today's Science by University of California and University of Colorado researchers suggests it won't be as easy as some had hoped to catalog all the factors that influence the spread of an invading species. If it is difficult to predict the course of an invasion, it will be difficult to control it. And there are hundreds of destructive invaders in the US alone, from kudzu to zebra mussels to the light brown apple moth. (2009-09-18)

Night-time light pollution causes spring to come early
Human use of artificial light is causing spring to come at least a week early in the UK, researchers at the University of Exeter in Cornwall have found. (2016-06-28)

Fungal fumes clear out crop pests
A cocktail of compounds emitted by the beneficial fungus Muscodor albus may offer a biologically based way to fumigate certain crops and rid them of destructive pests. (2010-02-19)

Caterpillars aren't so bird brained after all
Caterpillars that masquerade as twigs to avoid becoming a bird's dinner are actually using clever behavioural strategies to outwit their predators, according to a new study. (2011-04-04)

Biological pest control becomes an economic reality
EUREKA project E! 2971 ALTREARMETHODS has developed methods of producing natural predator insect pests which can offer businesses a much more economic and reliable production than before. This major advance will enable more widespread use of biological pest control -- promoting an organic alternative for the consumer and having financial impact on agriculture in Europe. (2006-08-23)

Researchers discover natural resistance gene against spruce budworm
Scientists from Université Laval, the University of British Columbia and the University of Oxford have discovered a natural resistance gene against spruce budworm in the white spruce. The breakthrough, reported in The Plant Journal, paves the way to identifying and selecting naturally resistant trees to replant forests devastated by the destructive pest. (2014-11-21)

Dyed In The Silkworm: Researchers Develop Novel Way To Produce Colored Silk
In the March 1 issue of Genes & Development, researchers in Japan report the development of a technique to produce genetically altered silk fibers that are spun by the silkworm. The development of an insect system to produce foreign proteins has significant potential applications for economically important proteins. (1999-03-12)

Risks of exotic forest pests and their impact on trade
A workshop and symposium entitled (2001-02-28)

The global impact of climate change on biodiversity
New research led by the University of York which retraced the steps of a 1965 survey on Mount Kinabalu in Borneo has discovered that, on average, species had moved uphill by about 67 m over the intervening years to cope with changes in climate. (2009-01-21)

An ecological invasion mimics a drunken walk
A theory that uses the mathematics of a drunken walk describes ecological invasions better than waves, according to Tim Reluga, associate professor of mathematics and biology, Penn State. (2017-01-09)

Moths with a nose for learning
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and NIST have discovered that when training insects, the process of building associations is not a simple matter of strengthening connections through reinforcement. Understanding how associations are built between stimuli and behavior gives insight into the nature of learning and could inform the design of artificial (2008-10-02)

No more 'superbugs'? Maple syrup extract enhances antibiotic action
Antibiotics save lives, but there is a downside to their ubiquity. High doses can kill healthy cells along with bacteria, while also spurring the creation of 'superbugs' that don't respond to known antibiotics. Now, researchers report a natural way that could reduce antibiotic use without sacrificing health: a maple syrup extract that increases the potency of these medicines. They present their work today at the 253rd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. (2017-04-02)

In-cell molecular sieve from protein crystal
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology, RIKEN, and Kyoto Institute of Technology have applied rational crystal design to create protein crystals with extended porous network to accumulate exogenous molecules inside living cells. This work lays a foundation for engineering of stable self-assembling crystalline porous materials which can concentrate and preserve bioactive substances in various cell types. (2017-02-09)

Study finds children are exposed to pesticides
Pre-school children in agricultural communities may be exposed to high levels of pesticides. University of Washington scientists found that 56 percent of children of farm workers had exposures beyond federal levels to a pesticide. The rate of exposure among children whose parents were not farm workers was still 44 percent. (2000-04-23)

A plastic-eating caterpillar
Generally speaking, plastic is incredibly resistant to breaking down. That's certainly true of the trillion polyethylene plastic bags that people use each and every year. But researchers reporting in Current Biology on April 24 may be on track to find a solution to plastic waste. The key is a caterpillar commonly known as a wax worm. (2017-04-24)

To thin or not to thin
Recent studies show that thinning of young forests can benefit the development of old-growth characteristics and the diversity of plants and animals, but only if methods are used that protect and promote the development of shrubs, hardwoods, and large or old trees. (2002-11-21)

Newly discovered Xenomorph wasp has alien-like lifecycle
A University of Adelaide PhD student has discovered a new species of wasp, named Xenomorph because of its gruesome parasitic lifecycle that echoes the predatory behaviour of the Alien movie franchise monster. (2018-06-27)

An artificial diet may make it easier to rear insects
Raising insects for research can be difficult because members of many species are picky eaters, but Canadian entomologists have found a solution for rearing moths and possibly other insects. (2016-02-09)

Species on the move
A total of 55 animal species in the UK have been displaced from their natural ranges or enabled to arrive for the first time on UK shores because of climate change over the last 10 years (2008-2018) -- as revealed in a new study published today by scientists at international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London). (2019-07-18)

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)

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)

Invasive forest insects cost homeowners, taxpayers billions
Homeowners and taxpayers are picking up most of the tab for damages caused by invasive tree-feeding insects that are inadvertently imported along with packing materials, live plants, and other goods. That's the conclusion of a team of biologists and economists, whose research findings are reported in the journal PLoS ONE this week. (2011-09-09)

Non-native invasive insects, diseases decreasing carbon stored in US forests
A first-of-its-kind study by a team that included the United States Department of Agriculture's Forest Service and Purdue University scientists finds that non-native invasive insects and diseases are reducing the amount of carbon stored in trees across the United States. (2019-08-13)

NTP plans to look at common viruses, radiation, cooking by-products for new carcinogen report
The National Toxicology Program announced today it plans to review three viruses, three forms of radiation, two substances formed in cooking, and a variety of industrial exposures for possible listing in the eleventh edition of the federal Report on Carcinogens, which will be published in 2004. (2001-07-24)

Media advisory: Insect scientists to meet in Raleigh, NC
Members of the media are welcome to attend the 90th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Branch (SEB) of the Entomological Society of America, March 13-16, 2016, in Raleigh, NC. (2016-03-07)

Increasing international insect threat to stored food
Increased international trade means the world community will have to be more vigilant in preventing economic loss and hardship due to destruction and spoilage of foodstuffs by insects, according to a CSIRO entomologist David Rees. (2004-08-05)

Model way to protect trees
New research unravels the dynamics of tree production, economics and variability in demand to show how to reduce the risks of importing such damaging forest pests and diseases as oak processionary moth and ash dieback. (2018-08-15)

Invasive insects cost the world billions per year
Ecologists have estimated that invasive (non-native) insects cost humanity tens of billions of dollars a year -- and are likely to increase under climate change and growing international trade. (2016-10-04)

Everyday evolution
Take a good look around on your next nature hike. Not only are you experiencing the wonders of the outdoors -- you're probably also witnessing evolution in action. (2012-10-04)

Hepatic injury in cholelithiasis and cholecystitis
The research team investigated the acute transient hepatocellular injury in patients with cholelithiasis and cholecystitis but no evidence of choledocholithiasis. They found that acute hepatocel lular injury in cholelithiasis and cholecystitis without choledocholithiasis is mild and transient. Hyperbilirubinemia and leukocytosis may predict severe inflammatory changes in the gallbladder. (2009-08-25)

DNA from old insects -- no need to destroy the specimen
In a new study published April 1 in the online, open-access, peer-reviewed journal PLoS ONE, ancient DNA is retrieved from various insect remains without destruction of the specimens. (2009-03-31)

Discovery of Africa moth species important for agriculture, controlling invasive plants
In the rain forests of the Congo, where mammals and birds are hunted to near-extinction, an impenetrable sound of buzzing insects blankets the atmosphere. (2012-12-20)

Halteres, essential for flight in all flies, are needed by some to climb walls
Research from Case Western Reserve University indicates sensory organs called halteres may play multiple roles in how flies behave, providing clues to how brains absorb and use multiple streams of information. (2015-11-25)

Pushing the boundaries
Researchers at Johns Hopkins have established a high-efficiency cell-cell fusion system, providing a new model to study how fusion works. The scientists showed that fusion between two cells is not equal and mutual as some assumed, but, rather, is initiated and driven by one of the fusion partners. (2013-03-07)

New research unveils graphene 'moth eyes' to power future smart technologies
New research published today in Science Advances has shown how graphene can be manipulated to create the most light-absorbent material for its weight, to date. (2016-02-26)

Case report: Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma with gastric infiltration
Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma is the most common histologic subtype of the non-Hodgkin's lymphomas. Stage IV is usually characterized by extra nodal extramedullary infiltration. Sites of extra nodal involvement in DLBCL can include the stomach/gastrointestinal system among others. A research group from Mexico reported a case about the endoscopic appearance of a DLBCL with infiltration to the stomach in a 39-year-old woman. (2008-09-23)

New method speeds up 3-D printing of millimeter-sized imaging lenses
The Northwestern Engineering research team used 3-D printing to make high-quality customized lenses quickly and at low-cost, which could be used for optical imaging, vision correction, and disease diagnosis. (2018-03-26)

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