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Mosquito Memory: Pest Management’s New Hurdle
Mosquitoes avoid pesticides that they’ve had close encounters with, a fact that may complicate pest management.
Mosquito Memory: Pest Management’s New Hurdle
Mosquito Memory: Pest Management’s New Hurdle

Mosquitoes avoid pesticides that they’ve had close encounters with, a fact that may complicate pest management.

Mosquitoes avoid pesticides that they’ve had close encounters with, a fact that may complicate pest management.

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pesticide resistance
Image of the Day: Colorado Potato Beetles
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Feb 6, 2018
Leptinotarsa decemlineata has been decimating agricultural crops since at least the 19th century, and by sequencing its genome researchers hope to explore new strategies for controlling the pest.
Insects Are Increasingly Evolving Resistance to Genetically Modified Crops
Ashley P. Taylor | Oct 13, 2017
Plantings of non-GM refuges counter the development of resistance.
Along Came a Spider
Jef Akst | Dec 1, 2014
Researchers are turning to venom peptides to protect crops from their most devastating pests.
Sleep Tight
Emily Monosson | Oct 1, 2014
Bed bugs are but one example of a species whose populations have evolved in response to human behavior.
Book Excerpt from Unnatural Selection
Emily Monosson | Sep 30, 2014
In chapter 5, “Resurgence: Bedbugs Bite Back,” author Emily Monosson chronicles the rise of the pesky pests in the face of humanity’s best chemical efforts.
Agricultural Pest Out-Evolves GM Crop
Bob Grant | Mar 19, 2014
The corn rootworm has become resistant to a genetically modified maize variety that produces an insecticidal toxin.
Week in Review: May 27–30
Jef Akst | May 31, 2013
The mosquito’s role in malaria virulence; the value of grant review; Europe must embrace GM crops; why roaches avoid sugary bait
Genome Digest
Dan Cossins | Mar 6, 2013
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Fighting Microbes with Microbes
Amy Coombs | Jan 1, 2013
Doctors turn to good microbes to fight disease. Will the same strategy work with crops?