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May 1, 2016

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May 1, 2016

Viruses Hitch a Ride to Greater Infectivity in Insects

Apr. 14, 2016 — Evidence has been found of a previously unknown interaction between viruses. Scientists have discovered evidence of one virus parasitising another, improving its ability to enter, survive and ... read more

Apr. 14, 2016 — What does the Red Queen in 'Alice in Wonderland' have to do with biology? 'It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.' Sexual reproduction protects species by ... 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

Genetic Diversity Helps to Limit Infectious Disease

Apr. 13, 2016 — The idea that host diversity can limit disease outbreaks is not new. For example, crop monocultures in agriculture -- which lack genetic diversity -- can suffer severe disease outbreaks that sweep ... read more

Experts Respond to New Wildlife Health Concern

Apr. 13, 2016 — In response to news of the first confirmed mortality of a Common Loon due to avian malaria in the Northeast, experts have initiated a crowd funding campaign to investigate the scope of the ... 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

Mosquito May Play Key Role in Transmitting Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Southeast

Apr. 12, 2016 — Culex erraticus is more abundant than Culiseta melanura, the study shows. So it may be more important than scientists originally thought in transmitting EEE virus, at least in the Southeast. EEE ... read more

Apr. 11, 2016 — Scientists have just identified an Achilles heel in the parasite that causes malaria, by showing that its optimum development is dependent on its ability to expropriate RNA molecules in infected ... 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

Banned EU Pesticide Affects Learning of Honeybees but Not Bumblebees

Apr. 6, 2016 — A banned EU pesticide affects the learning of honeybees but not bumblebees, scientists have discovered. This has important implications for global regulatory assessments because they generally use ... read more

Apr. 5, 2016 — Two unrelated studies on the Zika virus -- one ruling out a theory for how Zika may be passing through the human placenta and another on using mouse models to trace Zika pathogenesis have just been ... read more

Apr. 4, 2016 — A recent study explored the effects of six commonly used pesticides on two different populations of a widespread parasite of amphibians. They found that a broad range of insecticides commonly used in ... read more

Biofuel Producers With Poor Soil Should Consider Prairie Cordgrass

Mar. 31, 2016 — Most prime agricultural land is used to produce food crops, leaving biofuel producers to establish crops on marginal land. The soil on marginal land is often salty, making crop production difficult. ... read more

Mar. 31, 2016 — A new study on how the West Nile virus evolves in four species of mosquitos shows that viruses accumulate mutations in their insect carriers that reduce how well they reproduce when passed on to a ... read more

Harlequin Ladybirds Are Conquering the World at Great Speed

Mar. 31, 2016 — The arrival and subsequent dramatic increase in the number of the invasive alien harlequin ladybird in many countries has been met with considerable trepidation by the scientific community. 'The ... read more

New Plant: Microorganism Symbiosis Discovered

Mar. 31, 2016 — Researchers have discovered a symbiotic association between an endophytic fungus and the plant Arabidopsis thaliana, which could lead to a more sustainable ... read more

Mar. 30, 2016 — A new article explains the biology of white grubs, also known as masked chafers, and discusses options for managing ... read more

Many in Families With Pregnant Women Don't Know Key Facts About Zika

Mar. 29, 2016 — Many people in US households where someone is pregnant or considering getting pregnant in the next year are unaware of key facts about Zika virus, according to a new poll. The poll of 1,275 adults ... read more

Mar. 29, 2016 — Researchers have identified an immune protein in mice that is quickly triggered in the body following infection and serves to protect the body's tissues. Called 'RELMalpha,' this ... read more

Mar. 29, 2016 — Viruses aren’t always bad. In fact, scientists can harness the capabilities of some viruses for good—modifying the viruses to carry drug molecules, for ... read more

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