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July 1, 2015

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July 1, 2015

New Target Identified for Inhibiting Malaria Parasite Invasion

June 25, 2015 — A malaria parasite protein called calcineurin is essential for parasite invasion into red blood cells, a new study has found. Human calcineurin is already a proven target for drugs treating other ... read more

June 22, 2015 — Three new eriophyoid mite species all coming from different genera were found in Xinjiang, China. One of the new species is the first representative of the genus Paracolomerus to be described from a ... read more

June 18, 2015 — This article is on the relationships between pesticides and row crops, farmers and beekeepers, and factors influencing honeybee ... read more

June 17, 2015 — Songbirds in the scrublands of southern Zambia are engaged in a high-stakes arms race that they wage with colors and patterns on their eggs. It's a battle that's probably being fought ... read more

When 'Kill the Tsetse Fly, Kill the Disease' Doesn't Work

June 17, 2015 — In 1995, the World Health Organization estimated 60 million people in rural Africa were at risk of a disease known as "sleeping sickness." A researcher has been awarded approximately $1.1 ... read more

June 16, 2015 — The urban mosquito that carries the dengue fever virus is expanding its range by hitching rides on river boats connecting the Amazonian town of Iquitos, Peru, with rural ... read more

June 16, 2015 — Carp edema virus, also known as koi sleepy disease (CEV/KSD), affects koi and common carp. Long known only in Japan, the disease was recently detected in Europe. An infection with the virus causes ... read more

June 15, 2015 — Many animal species, including humans, live and breed in groups with complex social organizations. The impact of this social structure on the genetic diversity of animals has been a source of ... read more

June 15, 2015 — A decline in bumble bee populations in Europe and North America has been documented in a number of recent publications. Meanwhile, little is known about bee populations in Alaska, where native bee ... read more

Americas May Be Hit by Catastrophic Banana Disease

June 11, 2015 — A researcher warned that a disease that has decimated Cavendish bananas in Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia could be headed for the Western ... read more

June 11, 2015 — Cuckoo finches in Africa have adopted a unique disguise to help them lay their eggs in other birds' nests, biologists have ... read more

June 10, 2015 — Acquiring a group of bacterial symbionts that are localized in the gut enabled firebugs to successfully exploit a food source that was previously inaccessible to them and led to the diversification ... read more

June 9, 2015 — New findings by plant molecular biologists are deepening scientists' views of a cell surface regulator, FERONIA receptor kinase from the model plant Arabidopsis, once thought to be involved only ... read more

Light Trap Lures More Mosquitoes, Fewer Bugs You Don’t Need to Kill

June 9, 2015 — Scientists find a light trap that captures more mosquitoes so mosquito control officials can save time and money in their spraying ... read more

What Do Walnuts Smell Like? Using Aroma to Control Pests

June 8, 2015 — Walnut aromas will allow walnut pests to be controlled and the use of pesticides to be reduced, researchers have discovered. The outcome of the research is that the team has identified the aromas ... read more

June 5, 2015 — In the animal kingdom, predators use a full range of strategies, such as camouflage, speed and optical illusions, to catch their prey. Meanwhile, prey species resort to the same tactics to escape ... read more

June 4, 2015 — A new study shows that the different metabolic states of human host cells provide different growth conditions for Plasmodium parasites. It warns that, as a consequence, drugs that work against one ... read more

'Vampire' Plants Can Have Positive Impact Up the Food Chain

June 4, 2015 — New research has revealed that parasitic ‘vampire’ plants that attach onto and derive nutrients from another living plant could benefit the abundance and diversity of surrounding vegetation and ... read more

June 3, 2015 — If there were an international smelling bee, a deadly mite would be a favorite to win. New research has revealed that Varroa mites, the most-serious threat to honeybees worldwide, are infiltrating ... read more

Varroa Destructor Mite Mimics Two Types of Bee

June 3, 2015 — The parasitic bee mite Varroa destructor, which can mimic the chemical composition of its host's cuticle, is also capable of adapting this composition according to the bee species that it ... read more

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