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July 30, 2016

Maize Pests Impacted by the Climate

July 28, 2016 — In East Africa, the caterpillars of two butterflies, Busseola fusca and Chilo partellus , represent a major threat for maize, the main food crop in the region. As recently borne out by the work of a ... read more

Researchers Find First Direct Evidence That A. Aegypti Mosquito Transmits Zika Virus

July 21, 2016 — Researchers have now directly connected the Aedes aegypti mosquito with Zika transmission in the Americas, during an outbreak in southern Mexico. The findings will help scientists to better target ... read more

To Protect Yourself from Malaria Sleep With a Chicken Next to Your Bed

July 20, 2016 — For the first time, scientists have shown that malaria-transmitting mosquitoes actively avoid feeding on certain animal species such as chickens, using their sense of smell. Odors emitted by species ... read more

July 20, 2016 — High ocean temperatures and poor timing of parasite management likely led to an epidemic of sea lice in 2015 throughout salmon farms in British Columbia's Queen Charlotte Strait, a new study has ... read more

July 18, 2016 — With nearly 3.2 billion people currently at risk of contracting malaria, scientists have experimentally developed a live, genetically attenuated vaccine for Plasmodium, the parasite responsible for ... read more

July 18, 2016 — Plants can maximize their chances of reproduction by taking advantage of how insects move between flowers when they track down nectar, a study ... read more

Battling Toxoplasmosis: International Team Describes Step-by-Step Progress

July 15, 2016 — Researchers from 14 leading institutions in the United States, United Kingdom and France suggest novel approaches that could hasten the development of better medications for people suffering from ... read more

July 15, 2016 — Scientists may have discovered a new and effective way to control insect pests that are a threat to agriculture and humans. Researchers have identified a gene in vinegar flies responsible for the ... read more

July 14, 2016 — Though the West African Ebola outbreak that began in 2013 is now under control, 23 countries remain environmentally suitable for animal-to-human transmission of the Ebola virus. Only seven of these ... read more

New Control Strategies Needed for Zika, Other Unexpected Mosquito-Borne Outbreaks

July 14, 2016 — A recent spate of unexpected mosquito-borne disease outbreaks -- most recently the Zika virus, which has swept through parts of the Americas -- have highlighted the need to better understand the ... read more

July 13, 2016 — Researchers have succeeded in the world's first visualization of a peptidoglycan 'wall' present in the chloroplasts of bryophytes (moss plants). Until now, chloroplasts of green plants ... read more

July 12, 2016 — For the first time ever, a group of researchers discovered a human immune receptor, which detects the invasion of pathogenic microorganisms. They thereby succeeded in identifying a so far unknown ... read more

July 11, 2016 — Q-biotype whitefly is expanding across Florida, say investigators. Crops that could eventually be affected include tomatoes, squash, beans, watermelons and many other vegetables and ... read more

July 8, 2016 — The resurgence of Zika virus has raised anxieties about the spread of infectious disease by mosquitoes; climate change and species invasions are strong themes on the minds of infectious disease ... read more

How Fungi Stage a Deadly Under-Water Attack on Aedes Mosquito Larvae

July 7, 2016 — Insect pathogenic fungi can grow in liquid suspensions and on solid substrates, and their spores can attack and kill mosquitoes in aquatic or terrestrial environments. A new study demonstrates that ... read more

Day-Biting Invasive Mosquito Species Spreading Its Range in Austria

July 5, 2016 — Until a few years ago the Asian bush mosquito, <em>Aedes japonicus</em>, was not yet present in Europe. Now it is spreading its range in several European countries, including Switzerland, ... read more

Scamming Nemo: How Cleaning Fish Are the 'Con-Men' of the Coral Reef

July 4, 2016 — Cleaner wrasse perform a cleaning service for coral reef fish -- namely eating parasites off their customer's skin. However, what the females of some species actually want is to lure in clients ... read more

Scientists Discover Maleness Gene in Malaria Mosquitoes

June 30, 2016 — Scientists have isolated a gene, which determines maleness in the species of mosquito that is responsible for transmitting malaria. The research describes identification and characterization of a ... read more

June 28, 2016 — The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) and collaborators at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School have completed a promising preclinical study of two Zika ... read more

June 27, 2016 — A team of scientists has uncovered the global, evolving, and historic make-up of Plasmodium vivax, one of the five species of malaria that infect humans. The research, which links the spread of the ... read more

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