Tag: "pest" at biology news
Signal chemical primes plants for pest attack
...t the potential for a natural preventive method of pest
control exists. The researchers included Tumlinson; Juergen Engelberth, postdoctoral fellow at Penn State; and Eric A. Schmelz, research scientist; and Hans T. Alborn, postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary Entomol...
Pew report finds GM insects may offer benefits, but clear regulatory oversight is lacking
...insect population, potentially making pre-existing pest
problems worse or creating altogether new challenges. It is also possible that GM insects released to control the spread of disease could actually have the unintended consequence of enabling an insect to more effectively spread disease or even carry...
Pest control breakthrough from a spider's stomach
...piders or Linyphiidae - are a vital controller of pest
numbers on farms because their prey includes aphids. However, aphids have poor nutritional value and are sometimes toxic, so the spiders need to balance their diet with other prey. In a field experiment, the Cardiff team's analysis showed that the mo...
War on termites heats up with worlds largest test site
...ns on developing local training schemes for timber pest
management," he says. Since the banning of organo-chlorines the hunt has been on for effective, yet environment-friendly alternatives. CEO of the CRC for Wood Innovation, Professor Peter Vinden says timber is the one of the few renewable constructio...
Soil fungi affect parasitism of foliage-feeding insects
... separated in space and time. As the fly is also a pest
of glasshouse crops and the wasp used in biologica...the abundance of species, from the conservation or pest
Can viruses that infect bacteria fight plant disease?
... reduction in the usage of chemical agents against pest
species, which, in the case of phage, means a reduction in the usage of chemical antibiotics, said Gill. Another potential benefit of phage therapy is that phages are generally quite specific for their host bacterial species, and so can be targeted t...
Scientists unraveling lice genome to halt blood-sucking pest
...y lead to new methods to control the blood-sucking pest
that can transmit fatal diseases. In the November ...gy of digestive processes of a medically important pest
insect," said Pedra, entomology graduate research assistant. Other genes Pittendrigh and his team id...
K-State scientists' beetle chosen for national genome sequencing project
MANHATTAN, KAN. -- The red flour beetle can be a pest
in massive grain elevators or in the 5-pound sack of flour in your kitchen. But it also can be an important organism in the field of genetic research. As the result of research performed by scientists from Kansas State University and the U.S. Departm...
Fly bites plant, but plants can bite back, Purdue scientists find
...g natural genes in the plants to protect against a pest
is called host plant resistance. "Host plant resistance is really the preferred way of dealing with many insect problems because it lessens the need to apply chemicals that can degrade the environment," Williams said. The Hessian fly, which German m...
Fruit odors lure some flies to evolve into new species
...lted in the emergence of two distinct races of the pest
in just 150 years. In research published in the ...chers say, opens up a possible new area of organic pest
control. The researchers at the Geneva Experiment Station, part of the College of Agriculture and Li...
New research finds garlic kills slugs
...Affairs. It provides scientific proof of garlic's pest
controlling properties, and should help businesses developing new treatment products for widespread use. The scientists, Ingo Schder and Gordon Port from Newcastle University's School of Biology, suspect garlic may have an adverse affect on the creat...
...tter it would be to have a kinder, gentler form of pest
control, one that renders female mice infertile, p...astrous. The European house mouse may be an exotic pest
in Australia, for instance, but in many countries it is a native animal and a key part of the food c...
Discovery may help in war against fire ants
...success as parasites of long-horned grasshopper a pest
in palm oil plantations in Papua, New Guinea. Using Strepsiptera as a predator to fire ants would provide "an option for people who don't want to use an insecticide," Johnston said. For instance, this type of biological control could be used near w...
Down on the farm
...eochemical cycles and the role diversity plays in pest
dynamics Among the line-up of speakers are Laurie Drinkwater, also of Cornell University, Katherine Gross, of Michigan State University, and Russell Greenberg, of the Smithsonian Institution. Drinkwater's talk, "Managing biodiversity to restore ec...
Lone gene could force re-think on pest insect control
... DDT, but warn it could spell disaster if found in pest
insect species. The geneticists from the Universi... Melbourne fear that should this mutation arise in pest
insects, the world will need to rethink its overall control strategies. The researchers are part of ...
Invading species have tough time cracking diverse neighborhood
... of the department of bioagricultural sciences and pest
management, Colorado State University, and David Tilman, Regents Professor of Ecology, University of Minnesota. The work was supported by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the National Center for Ecological Analysis an...
UCR entomologists honored for maintaining and enhancing nation's natural resources and environment
...ide Management Team that developed and implemented pest
management strategies against the Glassy-winged sh...icides, sampling and monitoring techniques, insect pest
interactions with their hosts, development of treatment thresholds and insecticide effects upon plan...
UC Riverside's Brian Federici receives Secretary's Annual Honor Award from USDA
... significantly enhanced understanding of microbial pest
control agents." Federici's research exploits Bt ...as insect-parasitic wasps and beetles that prey on pest
insects). "I am honored to receive the award," he said. "I see it as a validation of my view that...
UCR's Thomas Miller awarded prestigious medal from Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
... for the transportation of the transgenic lines of pest
insects across state borders. Furthermore, in 2000, he and his colleagues were some of the first in the world to be granted permission for the release of genetically modified insects in field studies. Miller initiated a campaign to create a transform...
Nonnative Invasive Plants of Southern Forests
... by roads, trails, streams, and rivers. Integrated pest
management programs that use safe and effective control treatments are urgently needed to stem the spread and reclaim forest habitats. "Effectively controlling nonnative invasive plants relies on the constant surveillance of the road and stream sides...
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