A parasitic fungus that must kill its ant hosts outside their nest to reproduce and transmit their infection, manipulates its victims to die in the vicinity of the colony, ensuring a constant supply of potential new hosts, according to a new study published in PLOS ONE.
Native bacteria living inside mosquitoes prevent the insects from passing Wolbachia bacteria -- which can make the mosquitoes resistant to the malaria parasite -- to their offspring, according to a team of researchers.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded $6.9 million to Michigan State University to develop sustainable pollination strategies for specialty crops in the United States.
This is the 6th of twelve short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Dr. Robert “Butterfly Bob” Snetsinger says there’s a long tradition of children playing in butterfly fields and catching them with nets, but the popular past-time has been slowly decreasing with the habitats of many wild butterflies.
This is the 5th of twelve short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Mosquitoes infected with the bacteria Wolbachia are more likely to become infected with West Nile virus and more likely to transmit the virus to humans, according to a team of researchers.
Flor’s poster, titled “Plasticity of secreted saliva in a polyphagous lepidopteran insect and its effect on plant defense responses,” received the ISCE Student Presentation Award for best poster at the 2014 International Society of Chemical Ecology Meeting in Champagne-Urbana, Illinois.
Frazier, a Penn State senior extension associate with the university’s Center for Pollinator Research, is part of a team of scientists studying the effects of pesticides on honeybee colonies.
This is the 4th of twelve short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Malaria parasites alter the chemical odor signal of their hosts to attract mosquitos and better spread their offspring, according to researchers, who believe this scent change could be used as a diagnostic tool.
Penn State announced today (July 2) that Richard Roush will be the new dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, pending approval by the University Board of Trustees at its July 11 meeting. His appointment is effective Oct. 1, 2014.
An international team of researchers has discovered honey bee colonies in Newfoundland, Canada, that are free of the invasive parasites that affect honey bees elsewhere in the world. The populations offer a unique opportunity to investigate honey bee health, both with and without interfering interactions from parasites.
After a long winter, summer finally has arrived. And with the new season comes the activity of pollinators -- birds, bees, butterflies and more.
They're pesky creatures that always seem to ruin your backyard summer barbecue, but now researchers say they're closer to figuring out why.
To enhance infectious disease research training in low- and middle-income countries, NIH has awarded grants totaling $5.2 million to five institutions. Funding from Fogarty's Global Infectious Disease Research Training (GID) program will provide five years of support to new and ongoing projects in Colombia, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand and Uganda.
This is the 3rd of twelve short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
This is the 2nd of twelve short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Parasites, lack of food, cold snaps, pesticides, and poor management all can stress honeybee colonies, making it difficult to pin their collapse on a single source. However, in controlled field tests, honeybee colonies show evidence of Allee effects (a positive correlation between population size and individual fitness) and tipping points that are early warning indicators of collapse, MIT physics graduate student Lei Dai says.
On May 7, 2014, ESA members Gary Felton and Holly Holt visited Washington, DC to speak to lawmakers and to attend the Coalition for National Science Funding Exhibition & Reception, where they discussed their research and the importance of investment in federal science agencies, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support entomology research and training.