Mice Plague Eastern Australia in Record Numbers
Mice Plague Eastern Australia in Record Numbers
A population explosion that began late last year has yet to abate. Meanwhile, researchers are exploring novel approaches to combat the nonnative species.
Mice Plague Eastern Australia in Record Numbers
Mice Plague Eastern Australia in Record Numbers

A population explosion that began late last year has yet to abate. Meanwhile, researchers are exploring novel approaches to combat the nonnative species.

A population explosion that began late last year has yet to abate. Meanwhile, researchers are exploring novel approaches to combat the nonnative species.

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Circadian Clock Genes Help a Crop Pest Adapt to Climate Change
Circadian Clock Genes Help a Crop Pest Adapt to Climate Change
Emily Makowski | Jan 13, 2020
As global temperatures rise and winters shorten, caterpillars of the corn borer moth are emerging earlier in parts of the US thanks to changes in two genes, researchers find.
Eavesdropping on Soil Insects Could Aid Pest Management
Eavesdropping on Soil Insects Could Aid Pest Management
Michael Graw | Nov 1, 2019
Insects in the soil are difficult to monitor, but listening in on the noises they make could help farmers detect pest infestations and improve estimates of biodiversity.
Amidst UK Pollinator Declines, Migrant Hoverflies Are Doing Well
Amidst UK Pollinator Declines, Migrant Hoverflies Are Doing Well
Katarina Zimmer | Jun 13, 2019
A decade-long study tallies the numbers of pest-eating, flower-pollinating hoverflies that travel to the UK every year, and illustrates their important ecological roles in southern Britain.
CRISPR Gene Drive Used to Alter Mouse Coat Color
CRISPR Gene Drive Used to Alter Mouse Coat Color
Shawna Williams | Jul 9, 2018
It’s the first demonstration of the technology in mammals.
 Researchers Look to Sex Pheromones to Trap an Invasive Snake
Researchers Look to Sex Pheromones to Trap an Invasive Snake
Steve Graff | Jul 1, 2018
The brown tree snake has wreaked havoc on the island of Guam, but one solution to the problem could lie in the serpent’s own physiology.
Serotonin Involved in a Slug Host’s Response to a Parasite
Serotonin Involved in a Slug Host’s Response to a Parasite
Yao-Hua Law | Mar 12, 2018
Host slugs given Prozac to increase their serotonin levels no longer avoid parasitic nematodes, the same behavior seen in infected slugs.
Insects Are Increasingly Evolving Resistance to Genetically Modified Crops
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.
Plague Ravaging Madagascar
Plague Ravaging Madagascar
Kerry Grens | Oct 10, 2017
Nearly four dozen people have died.
Driving Down Pests
Driving Down Pests
Amy Lewis | Aug 27, 2017
A computer model estimates that gene-drive technology could wipe out populations of an invasive mammal on islands. 
Gene Drive’s Achilles Heel
Gene Drive’s Achilles Heel
Kerry Grens | May 22, 2017
Rare genetic variants could blunt efforts to destroy pest populations. 
Arthropods Abundant in American Homes
Arthropods Abundant in American Homes
Catherine Offord | Jan 20, 2016
The average US household contains 62 distinct families of arthropod species, according to an entomological census.
Genome Digest
Genome Digest
Abby Olena | Feb 6, 2014
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Top Genomes of 2013
Top Genomes of 2013
Abby Olena | Dec 25, 2013
What researchers learned as they dug through the most highly cited genomes published this year
Bed Bug-Trapping Plants
Bed Bug-Trapping Plants
Kate Yandell | Apr 11, 2013
Scientists are trying to create pest control devices inspired by tiny hooks on bean plant leaves.
Memory Tools for Plants
Amy Coombs | Jun 4, 2012
How plants pass defenses to offspring through a complex molecular network
Seeds Inherit Memories of Enemies
Amy Coombs | May 31, 2012
Infested plants pass on a defense memory of pests and pathogens to help the next generation withstand invasions.