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Natural Enemies Close In on Fire Ants

September 10, 2019

Hunting for natural enemies of the red imported fire ant is paying off for Agricultural Research Service (ARS)…
Combating mosquito-borne diseases with bacteria

June 11, 2019

Viruses, spread through mosquito bites, cause human illnesses such as dengue fever, Zika and yellow fever. A new…
Researchers determine ideal areas and timing for biological control of invasive stink bug

June 11, 2019

Biological control of the brown marmorated stink bug, an invasive pest that devastates gardens and crops, would be more effective…
Global eradication of ‘fly of death’ not ethically justified

April 5, 2019

The tsetse fly, also known as the “fly of death” and the “poverty fly,” is the primary means…
Island saved from big-headed African ant

November 7, 2018

The invasive African big-headed ant has been eradicated from Lord Howe Island, helping to protect the unique World…
A step towards biological warfare with insects?

October 5, 2018

Owing to present-day armed conflicts, the general public is well aware of the terrifying effects of chemical weapons.…
Aphids use sight to avoid deadly bacteria, could lead to pest control

September 28, 2018

Pea aphids – a serious agricultural pest – have the ability to see and avoid a common, aphid-killing…
Beneficial bats help control insects in the garden

June 18, 2018

With a swish of his cape, Count Dracula ruined the reputation of bats forevermore. Maybe. In the 120…
American kestrels, most common predatory birds in U.S., can reduce need for pesticide use

March 6, 2018

Farmers are reducing the environmental impacts of pesticide use by attracting birds of prey to their lands. In…
“Good-Guy” Fungus to Take on Killer of Oaks and Ornamental Crops

August 3, 2017

A beneficial soil fungus could offer a biobased approach to battling Phytophthora ramorum, a pathogen that kills oaks,…
Parasitizing wasps offer hope against devastating lily beetle

July 11, 2017

Many gardeners across New York state have given up on growing lilies, thanks to the lily leaf beetle,…
Insects resist genetic methods to control disease spread

May 25, 2017

Researchers are exploring the use of the revolutionary gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 to fight human disease and agricultural blight.…
Using Seaweed to Kill Invasive Ants

May 20, 2017

Scientists at the University of California, Riverside have developed an inexpensive, biodegradable, seaweed-based ant bait that can help…
Entomologists assess possibility of fighting soybean aphids with other insects

June 15, 2016

Sometimes an entomologist has to fight fire with fire. Or bugs with bugs, as the case may be.…
Researchers deploy insect ‘birth control’ to protect cranberries

August 21, 2015

It’s no fun being a male moth in one of Shawn Steffan’s cranberry research plots in central Wisconsin.…
New moth may curb pests, delay Bt crop resistance

July 17, 2015

Diamondback moths are notorious pests of crucifer crops, including canola and such vegetables as cabbages, broccoli and mustards,…
Egg Cage System May Bolster Native Ladybug’s Biocontrol Prospects

July 12, 2015

A specialized insect cage system developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists could improve the prospects of mass…
Insect decoys could protect ash trees

July 3, 2015

Emerald ash borers have no trouble reproducing themselves as they have now spread through half the United States,…
New Fruit Fly Lure Developed from Pest’s Favorite Scent

April 30, 2015

Ongoing development and testing of a new melon fruit fly lure derived from cucumbers may lead to improved…
Drone used to drop beneficial bugs on corn crop

April 20, 2015

University of Queensland agricultural science student Michael Godfrey has developed a drone that spreads beneficial insects onto crops,…
Fast New Approach to Formulating Pest-Killing Fungi on Tap

April 9, 2015

Technological advances by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are continuing to improve the way beneficial fungi are…
Beneficial Insect Virus Gets Boost as Crop Pest Fighter

March 30, 2015

Common baking ingredients may offer a way to bolster the effectiveness of Cydia pomonella granulovirus (CpGV), a natural insect…
New pest-fighting, yield-boosting alfalfa to help farmers

March 9, 2015

Dairy and other livestock farmers in the northern U.S. have three new alfalfa options this growing season –…
Fungi Eyed to Tackle Weedy Menace of American West

September 23, 2014

Beneficial fungi could become microbial marshals tasked with wrangling a weedy icon of the American West, Salsola tragus—also…
Detailed Images Aid Studies of Beneficial Wasps

August 26, 2014

Using specialized digital photography methods, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are producing high-resolution images of members of the wasp…
Researchers Identify Stink Bug Attractant

July 17, 2014

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers have deciphered the chemical signals the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) uses to…
Preventing mosquito-borne disease: platform that optimizes mosquito control in Brazil

July 15, 2014

Dengue fever and chikunguyna were once unheard of in North America. However, with the introduction of the mosquito…
Biological agent closing in on weedy rampant escapee

July 8, 2014

Sticky snakeroot, Mexican devil or Crofton weed – call it what you want – since the early 1900s…
On the Trail of Fire Ant Pheromones

April 14, 2014

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are developing innovative techniques to combat one of the world’s worst invasive species,…
Insect’s mating secrets key to protecting Aussie farms

March 21, 2014

CSIRO scientists are combining micro sensing, sterile insect technology and new insect trapping systems to protect our farms…
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