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April 28, 2016

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April 28, 2016

Apr. 14, 2016 — Resistance to a key anti-malarial drug cannot be passed on by mosquitoes in a breakthrough scientists believe could drastically improve the way we battle the ... read more

Apr. 14, 2016 — Researchers have cracked the secret of the internal, genetically encoded compass that millions of monarch butterflies use to determine the direction -- southwest -- they should fly each fall to reach ... read more

Scorpion Toxin Insights May Lead to a New Class of Insecticides

Apr. 14, 2016 — The molecular clues driving the effectiveness of scorpion toxins has now been identified by scientists. This finding could lead to the promising new candidates for insecticides, and fine-tuning these ... read more

Apr. 14, 2016 — A new article provides information on the biology and life cycle of the Mexican rice borer (Eoreuma loftini), and offers suggestions about how to manage ... read more

Apr. 14, 2016 — A new genus of flea and its five new species have been described in a new article. Four of the species were collected on the island of Sulawesi and the fifth was collected in the Indonesian province ... read more

Apr. 13, 2016 — The global resurgence in bed bugs over the past two decades could be explained by revelations that bed bugs have developed a thicker cuticle that enables them to survive exposure to commonly used ... read more

Apr. 13, 2016 — The body hairs of the Saharan silver ant cause total internal reflection of light to make the ants almost ten times more reflective, preventing overheating and yielding their silver sheen, according ... read more

Apr. 13, 2016 — The globally increasing light pollution has negative effects on organisms and entire ecosystems. The consequences are especially hard on nocturnal insects, since their attraction to artificial light ... read more

Apr. 13, 2016 — A newly discovered dragonfly species was named after the zoologist Klaus ... read more

Apr. 13, 2016 — While pesticides and pathogens pose clear threats to honey bee health, the need of bee colonies for balanced nutrition is gaining increasing appreciation. As colonies are kept in agricultural areas ... read more

Apr. 12, 2016 — A new biotech trait currently in the development stage could provide improved control of thrips and plant bugs in cotton. While not yet commercially available, researchers are pleased with trial ... read more

Apr. 12, 2016 — Queen and worker ants develop from the same sets of genes, but perform completely different ecological roles. How the same genes result in two types of individuals is an ongoing mystery. In the past, ... read more

Copper Sulfate Found to Be Toxic to Stingless Bees

Apr. 12, 2016 — Copper sulfate, which is used as an organic fungicide and as fertilizer, is toxic to an important bee pollinator known as Friesella schrottkyi, Brazilian researchers have ... read more

Apr. 7, 2016 — Innovators have successfully tested a low cost, environmentally-friendly way of destroying the eggs of the mosquito genus that spreads dengue, and likely spreading the Zika virus.The 10-month study, ... read more

Apr. 6, 2016 — After studying how insects navigate through dense vegetation, researchers have come up with a system that can be applied to flying robots. By adapting the system to drones, they can be made to adjust ... read more

Trap Developed for Mosquito That Transmits Zika

Apr. 6, 2016 — A new trap that can be used to effectively monitor and control the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is the primary transmitter of Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever, has been developed by a ... read more

Apr. 5, 2016 — Biomechanics researchers have discovered that insects repair their injured bodies by deploying a DIY cuticle repair kit after meeting with mishap. Repaired limbs provide around two-thirds of their ... read more

Apr. 4, 2016 — Tobacco hornworm caterpillars eating a high-fat diet are smaller than their counterparts eating a medium- or low-fat diet. New research found that fat decreased the caterpillars’ food consumption, ... read more

Apr. 4, 2016 — Fruit flies in one lab happily eat a noni fruit that is normally toxic to fly species. Researchers there are probing the genetic basis for this ability, which may explain how insects adapt to new ... read more

Commercial Bumble Bee Industry Amplified a Fungal Pathogen of Bees, Study Suggest

Apr. 4, 2016 — Scientists hoping to explain widespread declines in wild bumble bee populations have conducted the first long-term genetic study of Nosema bombi, a key fungal pathogen of honey bees and bumble bees. ... read more

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