A scientist has discovered a potentially new form of plant communication, one that allows them to share an extraordinary amount of genetic information with one another. The finding gives scientists new insight into ways to fight parasitic weeds that wreak havoc on food crops.
- Plant Communication
- Fruit Flies Used to Unlock Mysteries of Human Diabetes
- National Refuges to Ban GE Crops and Bee-Killing Pesticides
- New Hope for Powdery Mildew Resistant Barley
- Future Hearing Aid Technology Inspired by Flies
- A Natural Way to Monitor Stink Bugs
- Effects of Neonicotinoid Pesticides on Bumblebees
- Locusts Choose Food According to How Hot it is
- Pollution Prevents Moths From Finding Sought-after Flowers
- Cicadas: Big Numbers This Season
Aug 14, 2014
Aug 7, 2014
The fruit fly can be used to study how mutations associated with the development of diabetes affect the production and secretion of the vital hormone insulin, researchers report for the first time. The advance is due to a new technique that allows scientists to measure insulin levels in the insects.
Aug 1, 2014
In a huge victory for environmental protection, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will phase out the use of genetically engineered (GE) crops to feed wildlife and ban neonicotinoid insecticides from all wildlife refuges nationwide by January 2016.
Jul 25, 2014
New research has opened the way for the development of new lines of barley with resistance to powdery mildew. "Powdery mildew is a significant problem wherever barley is grown around the world. Growers with infected crops can expect up to 25% reductions in yield."
Jul 22, 2014
The fly can pinpoint the location of a chirping cricket with remarkable accuracy because of its freakishly acute hearing. Researchers have now developed a tiny prototype device that mimics the parasitic fly’s hearing mechanism, which may be useful for a new generation of hypersensitive hearing aids.
Jul 16, 2014
Although just a nuisance to homeowners, stink bugs feed on and damage fruits and vegetables, causing significant economic losses. Scientists discovered stink bug pheromone components and made them artificially in the lab for the first time. These substances can be used to monitor their populations.
Jul 9, 2014
A new study that involved fitting bumblebees with tiny radio frequency tags shows long-term exposure to a neonicotinoid pesticide hampers bees' ability to forage for pollen. The study shows how long-term pesticide exposure affects individual bees' day-to-day behavior.
Jul 1, 2014
If you are a locust, the most nutritious plant to eat depends on the ambient temperature. Scientists have discovered that locusts choose their food and then where they digest it according to how hot it is.
Jun 26, 2014
In new research on how pollinators find flowers when background odors are strong, researchers found that both natural plant odors and human sources of pollution can conceal the scent of sought-after flower. Car and truck exhaust fumes that foul the air for humans also cause problems for pollinators.
Jun 13, 2014
You've probably lain awake at night wondering why God created cicadas - those noisy insects that buzz like motorcycles on hot, summer days. A couple of Utah State University researchers have one possible explanation.