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Diuscovery in amber reveals ancient biology of termites

... the most successful, although frequently despised insect groups in the world. The findings were made by ... an opportunity for the biology of this ancient insect to be revealed in a way that would otherwise have ... one of the world's most pervasive and successful insect groups, with about 2,300 known species, mostly in ...

Penn State entomologists seek fungus to blunt mosquitoes' sense of smell

... of Penn State entomologists is looking for an insect disease that will infect mosquitoes and impair ... plan to test a variety of naturally occurring insect pathogenic fungi. "We will infect malaria ... or residual sprays in human dwellings with an insect infecting fungus like one already registered in ...

UC Riverside professor receives top scientific honor

... for his significant contributions to insect science and vector biology. A leader in insect and mosquito reproduction and immunity, he is the ... Society of America Recognition Award in insect Physiology, Biochemistry and Toxicology. In 2002, ...

Symposia selected for Entomological Society of America meeting

... of America (ESA) will feature 70 symposia on insect science at their Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, ... 2009. Integrative Physiological and Molecular insect Systems Symposia: Cold Case Files: ... Celebrating the Success of Global insect Repellent Science Research Celebration of ...

Study assesses impact of fish stocking on aquatic insects

... scientists seldom studied the response of aquatic insect populations to the removal of non-native trout. ... nets on each lake's surface to quantify aquatic insect populations. They also used gill nets to sample ... emergence of insects from the lakes. Aquatic insect populations quickly increased when trout were ...

UC Davis bench-to-bedside research: Promising treatment in clinical trials

... the enzyme in 1969 while researching fundamental insect biology. "This is one of the few examples of ... interested in regulating the development of insect larvae. With the discovery of the enzyme ... and it's an example of how basic work in insect biology led to a $50 million company--by far the ...

Honey bees on cocaine dance more, changing ideas about the insect brain

... a study that challenges current ideas about the insect brain, researchers have found that honey bees on ... a neurochemical known to be important to insect behavior particularly in regard to movement and ... insects interferes with octopamine transit in insect brains and has undeniable effects on reward ...

Acoustical Meeting, Nov. 10-14, 2008 in Miami, Florida

... SURVEILLANCE REVEALS MOTHS' STEALTHY SECRETS insect flight has previously been studied with slow ... natural behavior. This could reveal new forms of insect communication that have so far been unobserved ... out. The talk, "Ultrasonic characterization of insect wing reflectivity and wing-beat motion at 200 ...

UC Davis chemical ecologist wins major award

... of America (ESA): the Recognition Award in insect Physiology, Biochemistry and Toxicology. Leal, ... his innovative and creative research involving insect communication. His lab recently discovered the ... arthropods." A pioneer in the field of insect olfaction, Leal is best known for his research on ...

Researchers uncover world's oldest fossil impression of a flying insect

... oldest whole-body fossil impression of a flying insect in a wooded field behind a strip mall in North ... says a preserved full-body impression of a flying insect from this or any previous period has never been ... in time over 300 million years ago when a flying insect just happened to land on a damp, muddy surface ...

Moths with a nose for learning

... sucrose reward was crucial to whether or not the insect learned to link the representations. If the sucrose was presented during the onset of spiking, the insect did not learn as well. Moreover, if the ... the offset signal (long after the onset), the insect wouldnt learn to expect it. Learning, or the ...

What is wild? Odor attraction among different wildtype Drosophila

... melanogaster behavior: they respond as other insect species also do very selectively to host signals ... and therefore to different odor compositions. insect traps that use chemical attractants or pheromones ... modern agriculture. With the help of these traps, insect pests can be controlled, e.g. in vineyards and ...

Entomological Society of America names 2008 award winners

... management of turfgrass and landscape insect pests, and he is a leading authority on the ... implementation of a new undergraduate major in insect science. Her introductory insect biology course was the first distance-delivered ...

Economic value of insect pollination worldwide estimated at 153 billion euros

... value of the pollination service provided by insect pollinators, bees mainly, was 153 billion in 2005 ... that the average value of crops that depend on insect pollinators for their production was on average ... was defined as the ratio of the economic value of insect pollination divided by the total crop production ...

Entomological Society of America names new Fellows for 2008

... biology. In 1988, he co-founded the Center for insect Science at Arizona, and in 1989 he was named ... neurochemistry, and development of the insect olfactory system, the roles of olfaction in insect behavior, and the chemical ecology of insect-host ...

Novel fungus helps beetles to digest hard wood

... in the gut of Asian longhorned beetles helps the insect munch through the hardest of woods according to a ... The Asian longhorned beetle is one such insect that attacks healthy trees and bores through the ... pine wood to the Pacific dampwood termite, an insect that typically eats only dead wood. Chemical ...

Nothing stops an expert in the art of living

... the mirid bug's surface more non-stick than other insect coatings? Flash freezing the bugs to -120C, ... more than 1.5 cm long. Voigt suspects that insect victims eventually exhaust themselves, fighting ... Original work: Voigt, D. and Gorb, S. An insect trap as habitat: cohesion-failure mechanism ...

New report: Greatest value of forests is sustainable water supply

... value. Many factors changing climate, wildfires, insect outbreaks, timber harvest, roads, and even urban ... be affected by increased fire frequency and insect or disease epidemics. Many such factors require ... and amount of snowmelt runoff, wildfires, and insect and disease outbreaks, is a huge variable. The ...

Insect release proposed to control exotic strawberry guava

... have submitted a proposal to release a Brazilian insect to control the spread of strawberry guava, a ... for issuing permits authorizing release of the insect on Hawaian Islands. Initial release of the insect is proposed for this summer in the Olaa Forest ...

Screw worm outbreak in Yemen

... imported from neighbouring countries. "This insect pest is not restricting itself to one country, ... screw worm against itself. Its called the sterile insect technique. Essentially, its birth control for ... the feasibility of approaches like the Sterile insect Technique needs to be assessed to fight pest ...

Science expands Science Signaling, featuring research related to medical advances, and more

... Specific Examples of Signaling Research insect Repellent Blood-feeding insects are responsible ... infectious diseases and topically applied insect repellents play a crucial role in protecting ... mosquito, DEET, which has been widely used in insect repellents for many years, blocks the insects' ...

Insects evolved radically different strategy to smell

... puffed molecules onto cells engineered to make insect olfactory receptors. They then measured how long ... G-protein signaling isn't primarily involved in insect smell. Experiment after experiment, "the most ... result in the DEET paper showing that this insect repellent ...

Smithsonian researchers show major role of bats in plant protection

... Institute report that bats significantly reduce insect abundance and damage on plants. In a lowland ... ability of bats and birds to protect plants via insect predation in a natural forest ecosystem. A ... lost merely 4.3 percent of their leaf area to insect herbivores. When only birds were excluded, plants ...

Insects take a bigger bite out of plants in a higher CO2 world

... Soybeans in the test plot exhibited more signs of insect damage than those in nearby plots. A closer ... in other plots. Caterpillars and other insect larvae need nitrogen to grow and build new ... chemical the plants produced to ward off an insect attack. When insects eat their leaves, soybeans ...

K-State contributions to red flour beetle genome sequencing featured in March 27 issue of Nature

... genome sequenced, making it one of the earliest insect genomes to be sequenced and the first pest insect to be studied in this way. Weve been able to ... now joins the fruit fly Drosophila as a premier insect genetic system, and even offers advantages in ...

Insecticide combo delivers knockout punch

... of plant stress biology at Penn State. "The insect mortality rate was also much greater than the sum ... delta have found resistance to Bt among some insect populations in the region," Luthe noted. "There ... of attack, it will take much longer for an insect population to develop resistance to both modes of ...

After more than 100 years apart, webworms devastate New Zealand parsnips

... window on the complex interaction of plant and insect enemies, according to a study appearing this week ... plants are the same. The only variable is the insect and we have shown that the insect is a selective agent. Berenbaum and Zangerl ...

Ants and avalanches: Insects on coffee plants follow widespread natural tendency

... don't expand indefinitely, all because of another insect with a sinister name: the decapitating fly. The ... scale (Coccus viridis), a flat, featureless insect that lives on coffee bushes. On some bushes, ... is a key component to maintaining the main scale insect predator in the system." ...

'Jekyll and Hyde' bacteria offer pest control clue

... Hyde bacteria, suggesting a novel way to control insect pests without using insecticides. Researchers ... But on certain plants, the relationship between insect and bacteria changes with the microscopic ... way to new methods to control aphids and other insect pests. Professor Angela Douglas, of the ...

Selfish DNA and the Genetic Control of Vector-Borne Diseases

... medicine have had limited success. The insect vectors responsible for spread of these diseases ... for reducing the spread of disease by these insect vectors is genetically modifying the mosquitoes. ... goal of reducing the transmission of pathogens by insect vectors. To accomplish this goal, ...

Entomological Society announces 2007 award winners

... factsheets, real-time monitoring data for several insect pests, and the Minnesota Fruit & Vegetable IPM ... His primary teaching responsibilities include insect taxonomy, insect morphology, and principles of systematics. Since ...

Inquiring minds want to know about cotton fleahoppers

... this tiny critter is considered a beneficial insect living out its relatively short life as both a ... not seeded with fleahoppers (naturally-occurring insect populations) and to plants chemically treated for ... and untreated plants left to naturally-occurring insect populations." Parajulee hopes 2007 data from ...

ESA celebrates 100 years of insect science journals

... 2,000 entomologists will gather for four days of insect science symposia and other events. Both ... an increasing number of species face extinction. insect diversity represents an astonishing array of ... arguably the single most diverse repository of insect research available. In view of the biodiversity ...

Handbook of small grain insects available now

... of Small Grain Insects, the latest in ESAs insect Pest Handbooks series. This comprehensive color ... related to small grain production. The insect and mite pests that attack small grains are ... history, management, and natural enemies of these insect pests. Authors are identified at the end of each ...

Japanese beetle may help fight hemlock-killing insect

... danger of extinction because a tiny, non-native insect is literally sucking the life out of it. ... western North American and discovered that the insect plaguing eastern hemlocks originated in the Osaka ... scientists first noticed the tiny, aphid-like insect in the West as early as the 1920s, but it was not ...

Old developmental pathways spawn revolutionary evolutionary changes

... Ariz. When the larvae of the primitive social insect Polistes metricus, a paper wasp, slips into the ... consults with Arizona State Universitys social insect researcher Gro Amdam. Amdams group is ... overt quiescence and a life history trait of many insect orders. How can the larval environment ...

Inquiring minds want to know about cotton fleahoppers

... this tiny critter is considered a beneficial insect living out its relatively short life as both a ... not seeded with fleahoppers (naturally-occurring insect populations) and to plants chemically treated for ... and untreated plants left to naturally-occurring insect populations." Parajulee hopes 2007 data from ...

Amber specimen captures ancient chemical battle

... type of protective mechanism now common in the insect world and among other animal species has been ... forms preserved in amber. You have a prehistoric insect being attacked, using its defenses to ward off ... lunch for a giant roach or some other larger insect that apparently was 2-3 inches long, judging by ...

Animal and plant communication at the ESA Annual Meeting

... into the pitcher and meet a watery demise. The plant then dissolves the insect and uses it for food. Biologists have long assumed that in addition to ... to do with prey." Specialists are better at avoiding predators insect herbivore species often specialize on the host plants that they eat, ...

Urban water ecology at the ESA annual meeting

... on fish populations in lakes across North America. At undeveloped lakes, insect outbreaks often happen in pulses, in which insects emerge over a short ... emphasizes that even a small amount of shoreline vegetation can serve as insect habitat. "Our shorelines need to remain as intact as possible, with a ...
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