A variety of wheat that is resistant to a destructive fungal disease has been found to have specialized and protective cell walls, according to research. These insights could help to produce stronger, disease-resistant varieties of durum wheat for improved pasta production.
- New Hope for Fighting Major Fungal Disease in Durum Wheat
- Pathogen Competition
- Newly Discovered Assassin Bug Was Incognito, But Now It's Incognita
- Insecticides Foster 'Toxic' Slugs, Reduce Crop Yields
- Warmer Temperatures Limit Impact of Parasites, Boost Pest Populations
- What's in a Name? Fruit Flies
- To Wilt Or Not To Wilt
- Emerald Ash Borer May Have Spread to a Different Tree
- New Leafhopper Species
- NEXRAD Radar Can Track Insect Pest Migrations
Jan 19, 2015
Jan 8, 2015
The epidemics caused by co-infection of several pathogen strains in a plant population is more severe than epidemics caused by single strains, researchers have discovered.
Dec 23, 2014
A North American assassin bug that has remained hidden for over 100 years has been determined to be a new species. The new bug, Sinea incognita, is described in a new article.
Dec 4, 2014
Insecticides aimed at controlling early-season crop pests can increase slug populations, thus reducing crop yields. "Seed applications of neonicotinoids are often viewed as cheap insurance against pest problems, but our results suggest that they can worsen problems and should be used with care."
Nov 19, 2014
Some insect pests are thriving in warm, urban environments and developing earlier, limiting the impact of parasitoid wasps that normally help keep those pest populations in check, a study concludes.
Oct 29, 2014
This study confirms that four of the world's most destructive agricultural pests, the Oriental, Philippine, Invasive and Asian Papaya fruit flies, are actually one and the same.
Oct 16, 2014
Plant breeders have long identified and cultivated disease-resistant varieties. A new study reveals the molecular basis for resistance and susceptibility to a common fungus that causes wilt in susceptible tomato plants.
Oct 10, 2014
The emerald ash borer, which is destroying ash trees in a large swath of the nation, has apparently spread to a different tree, according to a researcher at Wright State University. Professor Don Cipollini has found that the invasive green beetle has apparently begun to attack white fringetree.
Oct 7, 2014
Three new species of leafhoppers from China in the genus Futasujinus were recently identified during a review of leafhoppers in museum collections in China, the UK, and Illinois.
Sep 29, 2014
A couple of weeks ago, the U.S. National Weather Service posted satellite photos of large clouds of monarch butterflies to their Facebook page. Now scientists at the U.S. Department of Ag. are also using radar, but this time they’re employing it to track the spread of bollworms (Helicoverpa zea).