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Whiteflies Infest Plants Using Chemical Trickery - The Atlantic
One of the world’s worst agricultural pests corrupts the alarm signals of plants, disarming those that otherwise might prepare for an assault.
4 weeks ago by casfindad
The Pentagon is studying an insect army to defend crops. Critics fear a bioweapon. - The Washington Post
"Insect Allies" exploits the latest in CRISPR gene editing to help imperiled crops, but critics fear such technology could evolve into a biological weapon.
DARPA  Entomology  bioweapon 
october 2018 by casfindad
NYTimes: The Last Butterfly
Practical ideas for saving the Eastern monarch
conservation  Entomology  Grace 
september 2018 by casfindad
Article: Bugs Are Coming Soon to Your Dinner Table
Interesting article on entomophagy and insect farming.
Entomology  climatechange  Grace 
july 2018 by casfindad
Two Ways of Making Malaria-Proof Mosquitoes - The Atlantic
By harnessing the microbes that live inside these bloodsucking insects, scientists are trying to stop them from spreading disease.
Genetics  Entomology 
july 2018 by casfindad
Ladybugs, Aphids and the Toxic Combat That Might Be Happening in Your Garden - The New York Times
Some invasive ladybugs feast on other species of ladybugs, but not as much when a kind of toxic aphid is around.
june 2018 by casfindad
Rise of the ticks
Tick- and mosquito-borne diseases are a growing danger of the American outdoors. Here's everything you need to know:
medical  Entomology  vector  disease 
may 2018 by casfindad
How Ants Figured Out Farming Millions of Years Before Humans - The New York Times
We humans think we’re pretty smart because we invented farming. But we didn’t. In a rain forest in South America millions of years ago, itty-bitty ants with brains no bigger than a pinpoint had already figured it out. via Pocket
IFTTT  ants  entomology  evolution 
april 2018 by casfindad
The Essence of Beeing | Feature | Chicago Reader
You couldn't ask for a much better day to go up onto Michael Thompson's roof. It's only ten o'clock on this August Sunday morning, and already the temperature is 75, maybe 80 degrees. via Pocket
IFTTT  entomology 
march 2018 by casfindad
These Crickets Can’t Sing Anymore—But They’re Still Trying - The Atlantic
The crickets only bounced back when they acquired a mutation that altered the males’ wings and silenced them. In fewer than 20 generations, they managed to avoid the grave by becoming as silent as one. It was, as Zuk once said, “one of the fastest cases of evolution that's happened in the wild.”
Entomology  Evolution 
february 2018 by casfindad
How Snapdragons Beckon Bees With More Than One Color - The New York Times
In the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain, wild snapdragons bloom each spring. Their petals sit like closed mouths on alien heads. With pursed lips, they scream for pollination — with color, not sound. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket  entomology  evolution 
november 2017 by casfindad
Trillions of Flies Can’t All Be Bad - The New York Times
For each person on earth, there are 17 million flies. They pollinate plants, consume decomposing bodies, eat the sludge in your drainpipes, damage crops, spread disease, kill spiders, hunt dragonflies. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket  entomology 
november 2017 by casfindad

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