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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…
What Virginians need to know about spotted lanternfly and the effort to stop its spread

June 4, 2019

Entomology experts share key information for growers, foresters, homeowners, and businesses on a new VDACS-issued quarantine for spotted…
Caterpillar, fungus in cahoots to threaten fruit, nut crops, study finds

November 6, 2018

New research reveals that Aspergillus flavus, a fungus that produces carcinogenic aflatoxins that can contaminate seeds and nuts, has…
Climate change projected to boost insect activity and crop loss, researchers say

September 4, 2018

Scientists have already warned that climate change likely will impact the food we grow. From rising global temperatures…
Researchers Develop First Gene Drive Targeting Worldwide Crop Pest

April 18, 2018

Biologists at the University of California San Diego have developed a method of manipulating the genes of an…
Fighting World Hunger: Researchers Use Nuclear Methods to Study Pest-Resistance in Corn Plants

December 13, 2016

According to estimates, the current global population is more than 7.4 billion people and is growing at a…
Climate change governs a crop pest, even when populations are far-flung

December 10, 2015

As delegates from 195 nations meet in Paris to debate mankind’s response to global climate change, scientists from…
Lack of attention has made stripe rust a major threat to the world’s wheat, report shows

September 17, 2015

Inconsistent funding for research into the pests and diseases that threaten key crops leaves global food supplies vulnerable,…
Scientist Discovers New Approach to Managing Parasitic Roundworms

September 14, 2015

Roundworms that feed on plants cause approximately $100 billion in annual global crop damage. But a new way…
Virginia Tech gets jump on destructive insect in Nepal

April 20, 2015

A tiny moth, Tuta absoluta, has caused millions of dollars of crop losses in Europe, Mediterranean countries, the…
Green Alternative for Controlling Native Stink Bugs in the U.S. Southeast

November 6, 2014

A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) entomologist in Tifton, Georgia, has found a green alternative for controlling the…
Pest attacks can lead to bigger crop yields

June 25, 2014

Most farmers fight a constant battle against damaging insects. In a plant science version of “keep your friends…
Hidden crop pest threat to poorer nations revealed

February 11, 2014

A peach farmer in Peru examines his crop for pests. Credit: CABI The abundance of crop pests in…
Predators delay pest resistance to Bt crops

February 11, 2014

Crops genetically modified with the bacterium Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) produce proteins that kill pest insects. Steady exposure has prompted concern…
Spread of crop pests threatens global food security as Earth warms

September 2, 2013

A new study has revealed that global warming is resulting in the spread of crop pests towards the…
Bacterial toxins provide new weapon in fight against insects

August 8, 2013

A team of Australian and New Zealand researchers are harnessing bacteria as a possible new bioinsecticide to control…
Fertilisers play key role in reducing crop pests

July 19, 2013

While “preventative medicine” is well-known in human health, it’s becoming a buzz word in crop production as researchers…
Nematodes Encapsulated to Better Battle Corn Pests

July 4, 2013

Nematodes have shown promise as biological control agents in the fight against the western corn rootworm, whose larval…
Worm turns for cotton pest as Australia breeds in resistance

June 28, 2013

Among Australia’s key cotton pests is the global insect nemesis of agriculture, Helicoverpa armigera. More commonly known as a…
Scientists take on worldwide agricultural scourge

January 21, 2013

Two Australian scientists have helped reveal the “evolutionary trick” which makes the diamondback moth one of the world’s…
Research bites back against mosquitoes

November 17, 2012

The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) has been awarded $4 million in funding from the Australian…
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