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Wool odour could be key to protecting sheep from flystrike

July 24, 2019

A global research project led by The University of Western Australia in collaboration with the Department of Primary…
Plants defend against insects by inducing ‘leaky gut syndrome’

July 23, 2019

Plants may induce “leaky gut syndrome” — permeability of the gut lining — in insects as part of…
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…
Experiments underscore overlooked aspect of defending corn from pest

February 28, 2019

The Nebraska study showed that spraying a corn plant with one of its own compounds — 12-oxo-phytodienoic acid,…
Nikolay Kandul (left) and Omar Akbari at the Akbari laboratory in the new Tata Hall for the Sciences.
New CRISPR-based Technology Developed to Control Pests with Precision-guided Genetics

January 9, 2019

CRISPR-based method sterilizes male insects for population suppression of agricultural pests and disease-carrying mosquitoes. Combining historical lessons with…
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…
New insights into the chemical communication of stink bugs with implications for pest control

August 21, 2018

For stink bugs to attract a mate or to communicate that they have found food, they use their…
Birth control for rats – genius solution to a large problem

April 13, 2017

Pests, such as rats, are known to cause many problems for large cities around the world. Nowadays they…
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…
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…
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…
Fruit Pest’s Favorite Aromas Turned Against It

October 21, 2014

A blend of odors that attracts spotted wing drosophila flies (SWD) has been developed into a new lure…
Tool Helps Track Insects Blowing In the Wind

September 30, 2014

Corn earworms, also known as cotton bollworms, migrate at night, making them notoriously hard to track. Farmers worried…
New Lure Target’s Almond Enemy No. 1: Navel Orangeworm

August 29, 2014

Almond orchard experiments and laboratory tests led by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and their colleagues are yielding good…
Invertebrate numbers nearly halve as human population doubles

July 25, 2014

Invertebrate numbers have decreased by 45% on average over a 35 year period in which the human population…
From Bad to Worse: Scientists Confirm Worms Are Eating Slug Bait

May 20, 2014

Nocturnal monitoring by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists has confirmed that voracious worms in the Pacific Northwest are behind…
Potato Pest Dissected for Clues to Better Controlling It

May 5, 2014

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are leaving no stone unturned when it comes to finding new ways of…
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…
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…
Deciding When to Spray: Sometimes It Is More than Just Numbers

January 21, 2014

Research by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists focused on a major threat to cotton in the Southwestern United States…
In the Field, the Right Flower Arrangement Can Improve Organic Pest Control

January 21, 2014

Studies conducted in an organic lettuce field managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) indicate that there’s more to…
Emerald ash borer may have met its match

December 20, 2013

Woodpeckers find emerald ash borers a handy food source and may slow the spread of this noxious pest,…
Produce perfect: Biotech sweet corn goes unblemished

October 10, 2013

With the kernel-loving earworm, producing unblemished ears of sweet corn is difficult. Now a new study compares conventional…
Pest-eating birds mean money for coffee growers

September 4, 2013

In recent years, Stanford biologists have found that coffee growers in Costa Rica bolster bird biodiversity by leaving…
Controlling Destructive Locusts by Manipulating Their Genetics

July 12, 2013

In 1921, a Russian entomologist named Boris Uvarov made a curious discovery. He noticed that a single species…
Enhanced Lure Proves Irresistible to Orchard Pest

July 8, 2013

New lures that entice codling moths with the scent of food and a possible mate are helping tree…
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…
Plants use underground networks to warn of enemy attack

May 17, 2013

Plants use underground fungal networks to warn their neighbours of aphid attack, UK scientists have discovered. The study,…
Creating a New Trail to Solve an Old Problem of Ants

April 30, 2013

Familiarity breeds acceptance among creatures large and small. In fact, it’s the foundation for cooperation in nests of…
Chemical Trickery Explored to Help Contain Potato Pest

March 27, 2013

The pale cyst nematode, Globodera pallida, is one bad roundworm. Unchecked, the pest burrows into potato roots to feed, obstructing…
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