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August 31, 2016

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August 31, 2016

New Strategy to Fight Mosquitoes in a More Efficient and Sustainable Way

Aug. 25, 2016 — Mosquitoes continue to build resistance to existing pesticides. Research has now shown that the chemical substances emitted by one of the mosquito's natural enemies -- the backswimmer -- makes ... read more

Aug. 17, 2016 — The Aedes aegypti mosquito is a tiny, black and white mosquito that can spread the Zika ... read more

Aug. 17, 2016 — The more it swarms, crawls, flies the better it is, say scientists. A diverse ecosystem populated by many species from all levels provides higher ecosystem services. Even rather unpopular insects and ... read more

Aug. 17, 2016 — A new photosynthesis discovery may help breed faster-growing wheat crops that are better adapted to hotter, drier climates. A research team has published a paper showing that photosynthesis occurs in ... read more

Aug. 17, 2016 — A few strains of wild soy are able to fight the kudzu bug by limiting the ability of its nymphs, or young, to survive. The next step is to identify which gene gives the soybeans this defense ... read more

Aug. 16, 2016 — People infected with Ebola virus were 20 percent more likely to survive if they were co-infected with malaria-causing Plasmodium parasites, according to data collected at an Ebola diagnostic ... read more

A Very Hungry Caterpillar: Researchers Sequence Genome of 'Gluttonous' Tobacco Hornworm

Aug. 15, 2016 — The genome of the tobacco hornworm -- an important model of insect biology -- has now been sequenced by a team of researchers. The sequenced genome can lead to improved molecular biology, physiology ... read more

Aug. 12, 2016 — Amateur and professional entomologists are experts at their own version of Pokémon Go. After all, part of their job is to search for and collect rare insect species that are stored in the archives ... read more

Sequencing of Fungal Disease Genomes May Help Prevent Banana Armageddon

Aug. 11, 2016 — Researchers have discovered how a group of three closely related fungal pathogens have evolved into a lethal threat to the world's bananas, whilst scientists have unraveled the DNA of the fungus ... read more

Aug. 11, 2016 — Study of bee-manipulating plant virus reveals a 'short-circuiting' of natural selection. Researchers suggest that replicating the scent caused by infection could encourage declining bee ... read more

Historically Robust Natural Ecosystems Could Collapse Due to Climate Change, Human Activity

Aug. 11, 2016 — Global change will strike the oldest and most complex ecosystems of the world hardest, regardless of their past stability, warn experts in a new ... read more

Aug. 10, 2016 — When researchers investigated how the stress hormone, corticosterone, affects how birds cope with West Nile virus, they found that birds with higher levels of stress hormone were twice as likely to ... read more

Aug. 10, 2016 — The use of a newly-developed mosquito trap incorporating human odor has resulted in a 70 percent decline in the population of the most significant malaria mosquito on the Kenyan island of Rusinga. ... read more

Aug. 9, 2016 — Invasive plants are a problem around the world, but are they just a nuisance or are they killers? So far there are no documented cases of native plants becoming extinct purely because of an alien ... read more

Cardinals May Be Shielding Atlanta Residents from West Nile Virus, Study Finds

Aug. 9, 2016 — A bird species that does a poor job spreading West Nile virus but is particularly likely to get mosquito bites may explain why human infections with the disease are relatively uncommon in Atlanta, ... read more

A Single Compound Could Treat Chagas Disease, Leishmaniasis and Sleeping Sickness

Aug. 8, 2016 — Scientists have identified a compound that can kill the parasites responsible for three neglected diseases: Chagas disease, leishmaniasis and sleeping ... read more

Aug. 5, 2016 — Female mosquitoes are well known blood-feeders, but they also consume sugar sources such as nectar, fruits and tree sap. A study suggests that the plant-based part of their diet affects malaria ... read more

Aug. 4, 2016 — To survive, the parasites responsible for malaria and toxoplasmosis depend on mechanisms inherited from the plant world, a new study has found. The discovery is a major advance for the development of ... read more

Aug. 4, 2016 — Scientists have shed new light on Ascaris infection, which affects 1 billion people worldwide. Targeting specific liver proteins may offer new preventative options against an infection that kills ... read more

Aug. 4, 2016 — Plant biologists have discovered how sunflowers use their internal circadian clock, acting on growth hormones, to follow the sun during the day as they grow. Following the sun allows the plants to ... read more

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