New gene could lead to better bug-resistant plants
(Phys.org)—The discovery of a new gene could lead to better bug-resistant plants.
Researchers uncover reason that male moths can keep finding females
(Phys.org) -- A female moth sitting on a goal post could attract a male moth on the other end of a football field. And even if she switched her scent over time, the male could still find her because of a mutation to a single ...
Predatory beetles eavesdrop on ants' chemical conversations to find best egg-laying sites
(Phys.org) -- Predatory beetles can detect the unique alarm signal released by ants that are under attack by parasitic flies, and the beetles use those overheard conversations to guide their search for safe ...
Banana genome helps fruit on the slippery slope
French scientists on Wednesday announced they had sequenced the DNA code of the banana, a vital crop whose future is darkened by emerging pests and complicated by its strangely inbred character.
Ladybirds thrive on organic aphids
Ladybird larvae that eat prey raised on organically-grown crops are more likely to survive than those eating aphids raised on crops grown with conventional fertiliser, a new experiment shows.
Two species fused to give rise to plant pest
A fungal species native to Iran which attacks grasses is the result of natural hybridization that occurred just a few hundred years ago.
Trouble on the horizon for GM crops?
(Phys.org) -- Pests are adapting to genetically modified crops in unexpected ways, researchers have discovered. The findings underscore the importance of closely monitoring and countering pest resistance to ...
Chinese researchers find Bt cotton controls pests while also promoting good bugs
Chemical fingerprinting tracks the travels of little brown bats
They're tiny creatures with glossy, chocolate-brown hair, out-sized ears and wings. They gobble mosquitoes and other insect pests during the summer and hibernate in caves and mines when the weather turns cold. ...
Research shows rats have best bite of rodent world
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have found that mice and rats have evolved to gnaw with their front teeth and chew with their back teeth more successfully than rodents that 'specialise' in one or ...
Vomiting caterpillars weigh up costs and benefits of group living
(PhysOrg.com) -- A type of caterpillar which defends itself by regurgitating on its predators is less likely to do so when in groups than when alone, a new study by researchers from the University of Bristol ...
The Viking journey of mice and men
House mice (Mus musculus) happily live wherever there are humans. When populations of humans migrate the mice often travel with them. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology h ...
Can pollution help trees fight infection?
Trees that can tolerate soil pollution are also better at defending themselves against pests and pathogens. "It looks like the very act of tolerating chemical pollution may give trees an advantage from biological ...
Vineyard habitats help butterflies return
Washington wine grape vineyards experimenting with sustainable pest management systems are seeing an unexpected benefit: an increase in butterflies.