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January 20, 2019

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January 20, 2019

Gut Bacteria Make Key Amino Acids Dispensable, Expanding Food Options for Invasive Flies

Jan. 16, 2019 — Fruit flies fed antibiotics to suppress their gut microbiome are forced to avoid the best food patches if they lack vital amino acids, according to a new ... read more

Jan. 8, 2019 — Entomologists have performed a study on the Big Island and found viruses associated with the varroa mite, a parasite of honeybees, have spilled over into the western yellowjacket, a honeybee predator ... read more

Jan. 8, 2019 — For the first time, researchers have finally found the root cause responsible for thelytoky syndrome -- which dramatically turns bees from altruistic helpers to selfish ... read more

Fighting Human Disease With Birth Control ... for Mosquitoes

Jan. 8, 2019 — A newly discovered protein that is crucial for egg production in mosquitoes opens a possibility for 'mosquito birth control.' The approach might offer a way to reduce mosquito populations ... read more

Jan. 8, 2019 — Scientists have discovered how locusts change their body color to adapt to different ... read more

Flies Release Neuronal Brakes to Fly Longer

Jan. 8, 2019 — In a new study, researchers describe how groups of different neurons connect up to make insect flight possible for longer ... read more

Jan. 8, 2019 — A diving beetle demonstrating various adaptations to the life underground, including depigmentation and evolutionary loss of eyes, was discovered in the cave Soprador do Carvalho, Portugal. This new ... read more

Jan. 8, 2019 — Using the CRISPR gene editing tool, researchers have developed a new way to control and suppress populations of insects, potentially including those that ravage agricultural crops and transmit deadly ... read more

Jan. 7, 2019 — An international team of scientists, involving entomologists, conservation biologists, agro-ecologists and geographers, has just revealed how on-farm biological control can slow the pace of tropical ... read more

For First Time, Researchers Can Measure Insecticide on Surface of Mosquito Nets

Jan. 2, 2019 — Insecticide-infused mosquito netting is in widespread use around the world to limit the spread of mosquito-borne diseases, such as malaria. Researchers have now come up with a technique that measures ... read more

Jan. 2, 2019 — The monarch butterfly is currently experiencing dire problems with its migration in eastern North America. Fewer and fewer monarchs are successfully reaching their overwintering destinations, and ... read more

Dec. 20, 2018 — Beekeepers and researchers will welcome the unveiling of the small hive beetle's genome by scientists. The small hive beetle (SHB) is a major parasite problem of honey bees for which there are ... read more

Dec. 20, 2018 — All insects use vision to control their position in the air when they fly, but they also integrate information from other senses. Biologists have now shown how hawkmoths use mechanosensors in their ... read more

Game Over for Zika? KU Leuven Researchers Develop Promising Vaccine

Dec. 19, 2018 — Scientists have developed a new vaccine against the Zika virus. This vaccine should prevent the virus from causing microcephaly and other serious conditions in unborn ... read more

Stick Insects: Egg-Laying Techniques Reveal New Evolutionary Map

Dec. 19, 2018 — Scientists have created the best map of stick-insect evolution to date by combining DNA analysis and knowledge of their varied egg-laying techniques. The first stick insects flicked or dropped their ... read more

Dec. 18, 2018 — New research shows the male smooth guardian frog is a kind of amphibian 'Mr. ... read more

Dec. 18, 2018 — Harvester ants that eat weed seeds on the soil's surface can help farmers manage weeds on their farms, according to an international team of researchers, who found that tilling less to preserve ... read more

Experts Identify 'Tipping Point' in Tree Disease Outbreaks

Dec. 18, 2018 — Experts have found a way to model disease progression and predict the 'tipping point' of a disease, providing early warning indicators that an epidemic is imminent and action needs to be ... read more

Dec. 17, 2018 — Researchers witnessed a hummingbird defending its nest from what it interpreted to be a snake, but was actually a caterpillar of the moth Oxytenis ... read more

Dec. 13, 2018 — Researchers have revealed how the mixture of chemical weapons deployed by plants keeps marauding insects off base better than a one-note defense. This insight goes beyond the ecological convention of ... read more

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