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July 23, 2016

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July 23, 2016

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

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 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

June 24, 2016 — Those who go to a masked ball consciously slip into a different role, in order to avoid being recognized. Insects were already doing something very similar in the Cretaceous: They cloaked themselves ... read more

June 23, 2016 — Soil is full of microbes. Specialized border cells at the outer surface of plant roots fight off these microbes as the roots penetrate the soil in search of water and nutrients. A new study reveals ... read more

June 22, 2016 — Thousands of West Nile virus survivors live with neurological problems such as memory loss that last for years. New research shows that these long-term problems may be due to the patient's own ... read more

Barrier Screens Reduce Damage from Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

June 22, 2016 — Barrier screens with different mesh sizes were evaluated for their ability to exclude the brown marmorated stink bug, provide entry to beneficial species, and produce high marketable yield in ... read more

June 22, 2016 — Bees pollinate plants more frequently in the city than in the country even though they are more often infected with parasites, a factor which can shorten their lifespans, researchers ... read more

Major Review of Zika Evidence Highlights Lack of Understanding

June 22, 2016 — A major review of the Zika virus has concluded that further research to understand the nature of the virus is critical to developing antiviral treatments and vaccines. The article considers the ... read more

June 21, 2016 — University of Leeds study has found that inflammation where a mosquito has bitten not only helps a virus such as Zika or dengue establish an infection in the body more quickly, but that it also helps ... read more

New Test Can Detect Plant Viruses Faster, Cheaper

June 21, 2016 — A new test could save time and money diagnosing plant viruses, some of which can destroy millions of dollars in crops each year in Florida, says a ... read more

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