Rover robot kills the ticks
The day may not be too far away when homeowners can schedule monthly tick clearing service, drastically reducing the risk of tick-borne illness in their pets and children.
Chinese researchers find Bt cotton controls pests while also promoting good bugs
Bed bug insecticide resistance mechanisms identified
Bed bugs, largely absent in the U.S. since the 1950s, have returned with a hungry vengeance in the last decade in all 50 states. These insects have developed resistance to pyrethroids, one of the very few ...
Jekyll and Hyde bacteria aids or kills, depending on chance
Living in the guts of worms are seemingly innocuous bacteria that contribute to their survival. With a flip of a switch, however, these same bacteria transform from harmless microbes into deadly insecticides.
The green machine: Algae clean wastewater, convert to biodiesel
Let algae do the dirty work. Researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology are developing biodiesel from microalgae grown in wastewater. The project is doubly "green" because algae consume nitrates and phosphates and reduce ...
Corn insecticide linked to great die-off of beneficial honeybees
New research has linked springtime die-offs of honeybees critical for pollinating food crops part of the mysterious malady called colony collapse disorder with technology for planting corn coated ...
Pesticide drift is persistent problem for farmers
Organic and specialty crop growers are trying to make a living off the rising consumer interest in locally grown and organic foods.
Malaysia releases lab mosquitoes to fight dengue
(AP) -- Malaysia released about 6,000 genetically modified mosquitoes into a forest in the first experiment of its kind in Asia aimed at curbing dengue fever, officials said Wednesday.
Insecticides from genetically modified corn present in adjacent streams
In a paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Cary Institute aquatic ecologist Dr. Emma Rosi-Marshall and colleagues report that streams throughout the Midwestern Corn B ...
Increased insecticide use in the Midwest linked to landscape change
The continued growth of cropland and loss of natural habitat have increasingly simplified agricultural landscapes in the Midwest. A Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) study concluded that this simplification ...
Resistance shapes the discovery of new insecticides
Recent news around the world has focused on the dangers of antibiotic resistance. But what of another type of resistance which can also have a huge impact on the population: that to insecticides? ...
Genetic markers offer new clues about how malaria mosquitoes evade eradication (w/ Video)
The development and first use of a high-density SNP array for the malaria vector mosquito have established 400,000 genetic markers capable of revealing new insights into how the insect adapts to outsmart insecticides and ...
How bedbugs shrug off pesticides and simple measures to deal with it
The bedbug's most closely guarded secrets—stashed away in protective armor that enables these blood-sucking little nasties to shrug off insecticides and thrive in homes and hotels—are on the agenda here today at a major ...
Protesters across globe rally against Monsanto
Protesters rallied in dozens of cities Saturday as part of a global protest against seed giant Monsanto and the genetically modified food it produces, organizers said.