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Clean Wood = Fewer Insects

By | May 28, 2014

A study finds that fumigating or heat treating wooden pallets and crates can slow the spread of bark- and wood-boring insect pests such as the emerald ash borer.

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RNA Determines Sex in Silk Worms

By | May 19, 2014

The finding is the first case of sex determination that does not involve a protein and may one day be a boon to silk manufacturers.

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A Mite-y Fast Arthropod

By | April 29, 2014

Move over, cheetah. A mite from Southern California sets the new record for world’s fastest land animal relative to body size.

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Females in Charge

By | April 21, 2014

Insects in Brazil go beyond simple behavioral sex-role reversal. In these animals, the females use an erectile organ to penetrate the male’s genital chamber.

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Behavior Brief

By | March 27, 2014

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

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Agricultural Pest Out-Evolves GM Crop

By | March 19, 2014

The corn rootworm has become resistant to a genetically modified maize variety that produces an insecticidal toxin.

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Tenacious Termites

By | February 1, 2014

Formosan subterranean termites evade deadly pathogens by building nests lined with their own feces.

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For the Greater Good?

By | January 27, 2014

Pathogenic fungi and insect herbivores appear to support plant biodiversity in the rainforests.

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The Shared Perfumes of Queens

By | January 16, 2014

Ant, bee, and wasp queens emit a similar class of pheromones that sterilize their workers, hinting at a shared ancestry for these chemicals.

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Little Drummer Bugs

By | December 1, 2013

South African termites can relay vibrational alarm signals through their enormous nests by pounding their heads against the ground.

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