Insects: A must for a protein-rich diet
Arnold van Huis is an expert on tropical insects specialised in pest management and biological control based at Wageningen University. He advocates growing insects as feed for livestock and for human consumption. Here, van ...
Plants use underground networks to warn of enemy attack
Plants use underground fungal networks to warn their neighbours of aphid attack, UK scientists have discovered.
Waste guzzling fly factory wins African innovation prize
A fly factory that transforms blood, guts, manure and discarded food into animal feed has walked away with a $100,000 UN-backed innovation prize.
Entomologist names new wasp species after UC Riverside
An entomologist at the University of California, Riverside discovered a new wasp species in Russia and named it after the university, commonly abbreviated as UCR.
Bees survival: Ban more pesticides?
Neonicotinoids are under intense scrutiny. But a ban of a broad variety of pesticides may be required to protect bees, humans and the environment.
Lessons from the Italian ban on pesticides
Exposure to sub-lethal doses of neonicotinoids may have a long-term effect on bees. One of Italy's top bee researchers recommends a ban on insecticide-coated seeds and in reintroducing rotating cultures against pests invasion.
Europe needs genetically engineered crops, scientists say
The European Union cannot meet its goals in agricultural policy without embracing genetically engineered crops (GMOs). That's the conclusion of scientists who write in Trends in Plant Science, a Cell Press ...
Stopping the spread of ash dieback fungus
The destruction of trees as a result of the ash dieback fungus has been a growing concern among scientists, having seen its rapid spread across Europe since the 1990s.
New book explores relentless evolution in a constantly changing world
When we look around in nature, most species seem well adapted to their environment. Scientists have found, however, that species evolve relentlessly and that evolutionary changes occur at a surprisingly rapid pace.
The exciting life cycle of a new Brazilian leaf miner
A new species of leaf miner from the important family Gracillariidae has been recently discovered in the depths of the Brazilian jungle and described in the open access journal Zookeys. The Gracillariidae fami ...
Bat-killing white-nose syndrome continues to spread
It was a typically cold winter day when Greg Turner, a wildlife biologist with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, unlocked the gate at the historic Durham Mine in upper Bucks County, Pa., and stepped into the darkness.
Research finds invasive kudzu bugs may pose greater threat than previously thought
The invasive kudzu bug has the potential to be a major agricultural pest, causing significant damage to economically important soybean crops. Conventional wisdom has held that the insect pests will be limited ...
Researcher helps construct Lepidoptera family tree of life
A new international study co-authored by a University of Florida researcher describes one of the most comprehensive analyses of Lepidoptera evolutionary relationships to date, and could have broad implications in the fields ...
Asian Long-Horned Beetle eradicated from Canada
Canada has eradicated the destructive Asian Long-Horned Beetle first detected in the Toronto area a decade ago after hitching a ride across the Pacific in wood packaging materials.