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Sea Grant news: Shipworms, ozone, hurricanes
...er to test its durability. Shipworms, also called termites
of the sea, are not actually worms, but marine mollusks similar to clams. They have long, worm-like bodies with greatly reduced shells at the end. The floating larvae bore tiny holes on the surface of woody materials, and the adults use their shell...
Plant chemicals benefit both health and home
...ity, is developing natural agents to repel or kill termites
without the environmental and health concerns typi...d showed the best ability to kill them: all of the termites
tested were dead within two days of the addition of trace amounts of clove bud oil. (This paper, A...
Highlights of American Chemical Society meeting in New Orleans
...atteries that operate on alcohol Getting rid of termites
with catnip Automotive vegetable oil could be in your car's future New class of nonaddictive painkillers that could be better than morphine More efficient fridges and A/Cs with no moving parts Contact lenses that dispense medicine Cranb...
Termites repelled by catnip oil
...eterson show that catnip oil repels and even kills termites
in a laboratory setting. Peterson, a researcher w...-inch barrier of catnip-treated sand separated the termites
in the top layer of untreated sand from the pine. To test horizontal tunneling, the researchers cons...
Catnip stops termites dead in their tracks
NEW ORLEANS, March 25 Cats may adore catnip, but termites
hate it. That's what two researchers found in a ne... from the catnip plant was found to repel and kill termites
in a laboratory test. The researchers hope that eventually a commercial product derived from the oil...
Highlights of American Chemical Society's national meeting in New Orleans
...tteries that operate on alcohol Getting rid of termites
with catnip New class of nonaddictive painkille...vention Center, Room 387) Catnip repels and kills termites
Researchers have found that oil from the catnip plant beloved by cats repels and kills termites,...
Jane Goodall to receive 2003 Environmental Citizen Award
...eaves from stems, which they then used to fish for termites
from mounds. This and subsequent observations of Gombe chimps making and using tools would force scientists to rethink their belief that man was the only animal that made tools. Dr. Goodall established the Gombe Stream Research Center in 1964, which...
Chirping frogs keep UH scientists hopping
...rite food. It will eat spiders, flies, centipedes, termites
anything smaller than about two millimeters in length. The frog makes a distinctive call, or chirp, that many Houstonians mistake for crickets or other insects, and can be heard clearly on warm summer evenings. Habitat Its adoptive, and favorite, ...
Soldier or worker what do the genes say?
... termite have evolved to do different jobs: worker termites
dig tunnels and eat wood; soldier termites
defend the colony; and reproductive termites
fertilise or lay eggs. Each caste has specific features...
Social insects point to non-genetic origins of societies
...arly humans and social insects like bees, ants and termites
-- is considered by many biologists to be one of ...mathematical patterns of great intricacy. "How do termites
know how to build this huge chimney that allows a colony to thermoregulate?" Fewell asked. "The ans...
Genetic differences in termite castes may lead to better control
...arf and his team found that if they treated worker termites
with juvenile hormone, they became soldiers. They ...e characteristics. "If we could modify proteins in termites
to change workers into helpless soldiers, then we could make 75 percent of the colony soldiers," he ...
War on termites heats up with worlds largest test site
...solutions. In a bid to curb the $780 million that termites
cost Australians each year, The University of Melb...th a variety of the latest defence systems against termites
in Yolngu territory, Arnhem Land. The area harbours virtually every economically important species ...
Study finds that fungus farming by snails causes marsh grasses to wither
... distinct insect lineages, including certain ants, termites
and beetles. The development of fungus-growing behavior has enabled these insects to rise to major ecological importance in land communities where they can strongly affect ecosystem process and community structure through their farming activities. T...
Young chimpanzees show sex differences in learning
...lier, spend more time at it and tend to catch more termites
with each try, according to a University of Minnes...tein is limited for chimpanzees. They can fish for termites
or hunt colobus monkeys," explained Lonsdorf. "Mature males often hunt monkeys up in the trees, but ...
Nature mimics industry
... that is a sex pheromone to attract suitors. After termites
munch on wood, they produce chloroform, the same chemical produced when chlorine disinfects drinking water. People, too, make oganohalogens. Gribble's paper describes the process of how human white blood cells, in response to invasion by bacteria and...
Termites could hold the key to self-sufficient buildings
Mounds built by highly-evolved African termites
could inspire new types of building that are self-... temperature and moisture levels. Furthermore, the termites
have evolved in such a way that they out source some biological functions, for example, digestive fu...