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.
- New Leafhopper Species
- NEXRAD Radar Can Track Insect Pest Migrations
- Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Biology, Management Options
- A Big Fine For Pesticide Drift
- Utah Beekeepers Say Fewer of the Insects Died Last Winter
- 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
Oct 7, 2014
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).
Sep 3, 2014
Management options for the brown marmorated stink bug are outlined in a new article, as well as information about its origin and spread, its pest status in other invaded regions, descriptions of its life stages and biology, its chemical ecology, and the types of damage it does to host plants.
Aug 26, 2014
Nearly a year after residents in Curry County Oregon were sprayed with herbicides, the pilot responsible for the incident had his license suspended for a year and was fined $10,000 by the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA).
Aug 19, 2014
If results of a Utah Department of Agriculture and Food survey are any indication, there’s a lot of buzz going on in Utah’s backyards. Beekeeping has increased as a hobby and as a second source of income, the department said in a report on the Overwintering Survey 2013-2014.
Aug 14, 2014
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.
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.