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vector and nonvector insect feeding reduces subsequent plant susceptibility to v




the interactions of vector–virus–plant have important ecological and evolutionary implications. while the tripartite interactions have received some attention, little is known about whether vector infestation affects subsequent viral transmission and infection.working with the whitefly bemisia t...



shadow-loving insect named after tuomas holopainen of nightwish




tuomas holopainen, the multi-talented musician and founder of the symphonic metal band nightwish, is also a full-blooded nature person. this gave conservation biologist jukka salmela of metsähallitus parks & wildlife finland an idea for the name of a new species he found in finland. discovered in e...



rotational grazing to enhance flowers and insects and maintain productivity




a biodiversity-friendly rotational grazing system enhancing flower-visiting insect assemblages while maintaining animal and grassland productivity.grazing management is an important tool to preserve insect biodiversity. although literature has discussed the importance of grazing pressure adjustment ...



flight or fight? united's 're-accommodation' of passenger a colossal mistake




united airlines, which once encouraged passengers to fly its "friendly skies," is now in danger of becoming the air carrier that says: "do what we say or we'll beat you up."talk about your unusual corporate message.china tops global executionsvideo duration01:34previous slidenext slidevideo duratio...



a rotational grazing system enhances insects and maintains animal and grassland




this study compared continuous grazing (cg) to an innovative rotational grazing system (the biodiversity-friendly rotation – br), where a subplot was excluded from grazing for two months during the main flowering period. the effects of grazing two different species (cattle and sheep) within both s...



insects love windthrows




using flight interception and pitfall traps, the researchers followed the development of insect fauna in areas hit by storm lothar. credit: beat wermelinger/wsla study conducted by the swiss federal institute for forest, snow and landscape research (wsl) shows that storm-ravaged woodland is approxim...



newly discovered virus affects sex ratio of insect-killing wasps




vertical transmission of ppnsrv-1 in pteromalus puparum wasps (a) and viral detection in field populations of pteromalus puparum wasps (b). credit: wang f, et al. (2017)scientists have identified a previously unknown virus that decreases the number of female offspring of the wasps it infects, accord...



the truth about spider bites in australia – they're unlikely to eat your flesh




the largely harmless white-tailed spider has copped a lot of flak. credit: robert ravenrecent news reports that a man had both his legs amputated after being bitten by a white-tailed spider have again cast this relatively harmless spider in a negative light. experts have since said amputations may h...



planting native vegetation for productive crops




the university of adelaide, working with south australian industry groups, is helping farmers and growers design and implement native plantings to support bee and other insect populations needed to pollinate their crops and orchards.



printable device points toward sensor-laden robot skin




in this age of smartphones and tablet computers, touch-sensitive surfaces are everywhere. they're also brittle, as people with cracked phone screens everywhere can attest.covering a robot -- or an airplane or a bridge -- with sensors will require a technology that is both flexible and cost-effective...



identification of genes controlling mouthpart development key to insect diversit




nagoya university-led international research reveals functions of mouthpart-controlling genes in development of enlarged mandibles in the stag beetle.



six-legged livestock—sustainable food production




a cricket farm in mahasalakam province, thailand. credit: afton halloranfarming crickets for human consumption is less of a burden on the environment than other livestock production systems according to a new study by the university of copenhagen's department of nutrition, exercise and sports and de...



study ids ways to encourage 'refuge' planting, slowing resistance to bt crops




a new study from north carolina state university finds a significant shortfall in the amount of "refuge" cropland being planted in north carolina -- likely increasing the rate at which crop pests will evolve the ability to safely devour genetically engineered bt crops. however, the study also identi...



edible innovations: farming edible insects at home with don bugito




from singapore to the usa and all around europe, edible innovations profiles food makers that engage in improving the global food system at every stage, from production to distribution to eating and shopping. join us as we explore the main trends in the industry from a maker perspective. chiara cec...



man arrested smuggling thousands of beetles, spiders, scorpions from perth




a czech national has been fined $2000 for attempting to smuggle 4226 australian native insect specimens - including 27 spiders and seven scorpions - on a flight out of perth.the news comes after a chinese national arrested attempting to post bobtail lizards to hong kong was sentenced to six mont...



scientists effectively disrupt communication between parasites that spread disea




prof. shulamit michaeli, dean of bar-ilan's mina and everard goodman faculty of life sciences, and member of the bar-ilan institute of nanotechnology and advanced materials (bina), has demonstrated how parasite migration can be controlled by creating an unfavorable environment or by damaging cell he...



can crab shells provide a 'green' solution to malaria?




a non-toxic mixture of chitin-rich crab shell powder and nanosized silver particles could be an environmentally friendly way of curbing the spread of disease-carrying mosquitoes, and malaria in particular. this is according to a series of experiments led by jiang-shiou hwang of the national taiwan o...



water-repellent nanotextures found to have excellent anti-fogging abilities




upton, ny -- some insect bodies have evolved the abilities to repel water and oil, adhere to different surfaces, and eliminate light reflections. scientists have been studying the physical mechanisms underlying these remarkable properties found in nature and mimicking them to design materials for us...



lice and their bacterial sidekicks have evolved together for millions of years




image: genome sequencing provides new insights into the intertwined history of lice and their bacterial sidekicks, enabling lice to stay in sync with their primate hosts. image by bret boyd. view more credit: image by bret boyd.gainesville, fla. --- a florida museum of natural history study provide...



research links decline in hemlock forests to changes in water resources




an insect infestation that is killing hemlock trees in new england forests is having a significant impact on the water resources of forested ecosystems that provide essential water supplies to one of the nation's most populous regions, according to research by indiana university geographers and coll...



six-legged livestock—sustainable food production




farming crickets for human consumption is less of a burden on the environment than other livestock production systems according to a new study by the university of copenhagen's department of nutrition, exercise and sports and department of plant and environmental sciences. results suggest that insec...



parasitic fig wasp hypodermic egg injector sniffs out host larvae to lay eggs




it takes a special kind of insect to pollinate an inside-out flower, which is exactly what the wasps that pollinate figs do. crawling inside the firm swelling lined with microscopic flowers that will eventually ripen into a fleshy fig, tiny fig wasps pollinate the flowers within while laying their o...



adele panics over a mosquito onstage: live




adele provided some slapstick comedy with her concert in brisbane, australia, on sunday night when an uninvited mosquito joined her onstage. the superstar singer freaked out in reaction to the little blood-sucker, swiping at the air and then actually running away from it in fear. "it was sucking m...



chelsea houska says her son is a love bug (and we agree)




chelsea houska's son watson looks pretty adorable wearing any type of outfit (special mention for the camo onesie) -- and now the teen mom 2 tot is proving that he even looks scrumptious sporting attire emblazoned with a not-so-cute animal."love bug," chelsea captioned the photograph above, which fi...



netflix becomes your personal trainer with its new diy device




for the technologically savvy among us, netflix's directions include a materials list and all the files you'll need to make the arduino-based device yourself. the personal trainer is part of the company's make it initiative, which launched in 2015 with directions for creating a "netflix and chill" b...