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Often derided as pests, deer and elk can help young Douglas-fir trees under some conditions


Long considered pests by forest managers, deer and elk can help Douglas-fir seedlings thrive under certain vegetation management…
Newly identified compounds could help give fire ants their sting

October 22, 2019

Native to South America, imported fire ants have now spread to parts of North America and elsewhere around…
Unlocking Cedar’s Hidden Potential Against Pests

October 13, 2019

Trained as an entomologist, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) chemist Fred Eller still has a soft place in his…
Ambitious strategies to combat pests and disease in organic agriculture

October 9, 2019

Fruit and vegetable growers who adopt organic agriculture practices forgo some of the commonly used tools conventional farmers…
Pain in the asp: bird-deterring nets create haven for stinging pests

September 9, 2019

While collecting data from live oak trees in the world’s largest medical center, Rice University evolutionary ecologists have…
Knowing berry pests’ varied diets may help control them

August 12, 2019

With New York state’s $20 million berry industry entering peak season, an invasive fruit fly is thriving. Female…
Pheromones Give Nematodes a Boost in Controlling Pests

July 26, 2019

Beneficial nematodes are used as biological control agents to fight a variety of insect pests that severely damage…
Peanut Plant’s “Chemical Breath” Could Give Clues to Drought and Other Stresses

July 22, 2019

Peanut growers could someday identify emerging threats such as drought, pests or disease by testing a plant’s “chemical…
Novel Watermelon Rootstock Knocks Out Disease and Pests

June 26, 2019

A new watermelon line, developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Clemson University scientists, gets to the root…
Looming insect invasion threatens California wine and avocados

June 17, 2019

UC Riverside is testing whether a sesame seed-sized wasp can control a pest that could seriously damage California…
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…
Predilections of a destructive pest

May 29, 2019

By the chain link fence lining the southern border of The Woodlands Cemetery property, Benjamin Rohr attempts to avoid…
Fighting leaf and mandible

March 19, 2019

Researchers have been baffled by tropical rainforest diversity for over a century; 650 different tree species can exist…
ISU scientists overcome repetitive DNA to sequence the genome of devastating soybean pest

March 4, 2019

It was like putting together a jigsaw puzzle for which all the pieces are identical, but with only…
ARS Microscopy Research Helps Unravel the Workings of a Major Honey Bee Pest

February 1, 2019

Research by scientists at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the University of Maryland released today sheds new light —…
Serious pest targets popular white-bark birch trees

July 16, 2018

A voracious insect – the bronze birch borer – is picking off beloved birch trees throughout Oregon. Common…
Pheromones in fight against pests

June 19, 2018

When the idea for the start-up—BioPhero—began to form in her mind three to four years ago, DTU researcher…
Scientists discover hybrid swarm in global mega-pest

April 6, 2018

One of the pests, the cotton bollworm, is widespread in Africa, Asia and Europe and causes damage to…
Research Shows Pest Resistance to Biotech Crops Is Surging

October 12, 2017

In 2016, farmers worldwide planted more than 240 million acres (98 million hectares) of genetically modified corn, cotton…
Plants’ chemical messages keep pests moving

January 26, 2017

When leaf beetle larvae eat goldenrod, the damaged plant emits a chemical message, which informs the insect that…
Holy Guacamole!

January 11, 2017

There’s a new pest in town and it’s threatening one of the area’s top crops: avocados. First discovered…
A Better Lure to Detect and Control an Avocado Pest

November 8, 2016

An Agricultural Research Service (ARS) researcher has developed a new tool to help Florida avocado producers concerned about…
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…
How Coffee Berry Borers Survive on Caffeine

December 10, 2015

A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist and his colleagues have discovered what allows the world’s most devastating…
Ants are as effective as pesticides

September 2, 2015

As the global population rises and finite resources dwindle, farmers need new, more sustainable ways to control pests.…
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,…
Evolution study finds massive genome shift in one generation

June 16, 2015

A team of biologists from Rice University, the University of Notre Dame and three other schools has discovered…
How to Lure a Pest of Pistachio, Almond and Walnut

May 27, 2015

A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) entomologist in California is helping growers evaluate a new lure designed to…
Study: Western forests decimated by pine beetles not more likely to burn

March 25, 2015

Western U.S. forests killed by the mountain pine beetle epidemic are no more at risk to burn than…
New Genetic Method Promises to Advance Gene Research and Control Insect Pests

March 19, 2015

Biologists at the University of California, San Diego have developed a new method for generating mutations in both…
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