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What you should know about Arizona's 'kissing bug'

What you should know about Arizona's 'kissing bug' | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Creepy, crawly and potentially lethal, an unassuming Arizona bug carries the kiss of death, but Arizona residents rarely get sick.
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How Realistic Are the Trained Cockroaches on 'Orange Is the New Black'? | New Republic Magazine

How Realistic Are the Trained Cockroaches on 'Orange Is the New Black'? | New Republic Magazine | CALS in the News | Scoop.it

Entomologists disagree on whether prisoners could ever train roaches to shuttle cigarettes between cells.  Experienced entomologists can manipulate cockroaches’ behavior to some degree by adjusting factors like the temperature, odor, and amount of light in their environment.

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Alternative Splicing and Highly Variable Cadherin Transcripts Associated with Field-Evolved Resistance of Pink Bollworm to Bt Cotton in India | PLOS ONE

Evolution of resistance by insect pests can reduce the benefits of insecticidal proteins from Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) that are used extensively in sprays and transgenic crops. Despite considerable knowledge of the genes conferring insect resistance to Bt toxins in laboratory-selected strains and in field populations exposed to Bt sprays, understanding of the genetic basis of field-evolved resistance to Bt crops remains limited. In particular, previous work has not identified the genes conferring resistance in any cases where field-evolved resistance has reduced the efficacy of a Bt crop.


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Scientists discover genetic basis of pest resistance to biotech cotton | Phys.org

Scientists discover genetic basis of pest resistance to biotech cotton | Phys.org | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
An international team led by scientists at the University of Arizona and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has discovered what happens on a molecular basis in insects that evolved resistance to genetically engineered cotton plants. Their findings, reported in the May 19 issue of the journal PLOS ONE, ...
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What's Up UA? - Scientists Discover Genetic Basis of Pest Resistance to Biotech Cotton | Explorer News (Marana, AZ)

What's Up UA? - Scientists Discover Genetic Basis of Pest Resistance to Biotech Cotton | Explorer News (Marana, AZ) | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
An international team led by scientists at the University of Arizona and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has discovered what happens on a molecular basis in insects that evolved resistance to genetically engineered cotton plants.
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Genetic Basis Of Pest Resistance To Biotech Cotton Discovered | redOrbit

Genetic Basis Of Pest Resistance To Biotech Cotton Discovered | redOrbit | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
A newly discovered genetic mechanism underlying insect resistance to genetically engineered cotton has global implications for pest management
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Scientists Discover Genetic Basis of Pest Resistance to Biotech Cotton | UANews

Scientists Discover Genetic Basis of Pest Resistance to Biotech Cotton | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it

An international team led by scientists at the University of Arizona and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has discovered what happens on a molecular basis in insects that evolved resistance to genetically engineered cotton plants.

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Awards and Accolades | UA@Work

Awards and Accolades | UA@Work | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Congratulations to these recently honored University organizations and employees.
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Bt-Resistant Western Corn Rootworm Confirmed In Five Illinois Counties | No-Till Farmer (Brookfield, WI)

Recently, Bruce Tabashnik of the University of Arizona's Department of Entomology and his co-authors published a paper in the Journal of Economic Entomology that provides definitions to 50 “key terms” regarding the evolution of resistance to Bt crops and pesticides.

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Farm Belt Pest Poses Bigger Crop Threat | Wall Street Journal

The western corn rootworm, a Farm Belt scourge, is gaining further ground against genetically modified crops designed to kill it, marking a setback for biotech seed makers.

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Clean Food Earth: Bt (GE/GMO) CORN - DISASTROUS FOR FARMERS AND ECOSYSTEMS | Clean Food Earth (Blog)

Clean Food Earth: Bt (GE/GMO) CORN - DISASTROUS FOR FARMERS AND ECOSYSTEMS | Clean Food Earth (Blog) | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
One of agricultural biotechnology’s great success stories may become a cautionary tale of how short-sighted mismanagement can squander the benefits of genetic modification. After years of predicting it would happen — and after years of having their suggestions largely ignored by companies, farmers and regulators — scientists have documented the rapid evolution of corn rootworms that are resistant to Bt corn.
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Entomologists update definitions to tackle resistance to biotech crops and pesticides | AgroTimes

Resistance to pesticides has now been recorded in nearly a thousand pest species, including more than 500 insects, 218 weeds, and 190 fungi that attack plants. The recorded cases of resistance in insects, mites and other arthropods, which include resistance to multiple pesticides per species, more than doubled from 5,141 in 1990 to 11,254 in 2013. A first step in tackling this growing global problem is establishing a common vocabulary, because the current jumble of terms fosters confusion among scientists in academia, industry and government.

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Voracious Worm Evolves to Eat Biotech Corn Engineered to Kill It | Paperblog

Voracious Worm Evolves to Eat Biotech Corn Engineered to Kill It | Paperblog | CALS in the News | Scoop.it

One of agricultural biotechnology’s great success stories may become a cautionary tale of how short-sighted mismanagement can squander the benefits of genetic modification.

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GMO-debate injects emotion into food science | Arizona Republic

GMO-debate injects emotion into food science | Arizona Republic | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Activists pushing GMO-labeling initiative warn of food's dangers; scientists say otherwise.
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Spray of hope | InMaricopa.com

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MUSD employee wins award for fighting pests in environmentally-friendly way

Dan Vezie wants every student in the Maricopa Unified School District to be safe.

The district works hard to keep students safe from strangers and injuries as they go about their school day: For Vezie, it’s the less obvious dangers he combats.

Dangers like chemicals, and pests.

“Some kids are allergic to certain things. Kids are young, more vulnerable than we are,” Vezie said. “We do our best to have a healthy environment for kids and staff to thrive in.”

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Ask Your Weird Animal Questions: Insect Edition: Wings & Stings | National Geographic

Ask Your Weird Animal Questions: Insect Edition: Wings & Stings | National Geographic | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Whether they’re singing, stinging, or splattering your windshield, insects are back for the summer season. Maybe that’s why readers wanted the buzz on bugs in this week’s Ask Your Weird Animal Questions. We’ll start with this gnawing question: What insect has the worst bite? —Doug Rhodehamel via Facebook The person to ask is Justin Schmidt,…
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Gene's Green Scene: Trees for Bees | Fort Lauderdale Forester (Blog)

Gene's Green Scene: Trees for Bees | Fort Lauderdale Forester (Blog) | CALS in the News | Scoop.it

You've probably heard more buzz about bees than usual lately—from unexplained deaths en masse to faltering fruit crops in their absence. One thing you've probably learned is that bees are important (if not essential) components to multitudes of ecosystems around the world: particularly ones that produce much of our food.

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Scientists discover genetic basis of pest resistance to GM cotton | Ag Professional

An international team led by scientists at the University of Arizona and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has discovered what happens on a molecular basis in insects that evolved resistance to genetically engineered cotton plants.
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The Genetic Basis Of Evolved Resistance To GMO Cotton In India | Science 2.0

An international team has discovered what happens on a molecular basis to insects that evolved resistance to genetically modified cotton plants.

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WCR resistance confirmed in three more Illinois counties | Ag Professional

With the addition of three more counties, a total of five Illinois counties have now reported confirmed cases of field-evolved resistance to Bt corn (Cry3Bb1 protein) by western corn rootworm, and a University of Illinois entomologist said now is the time to move forward aggressively with integrated pest management (IPM) strategies.
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Lyme Disease While Breastfeeding: Twice the Tick-borne Terror | Yahoo! Voices

Living in an area where Lyme disease is common, I'd heard a lot about it. Despite all the chatter, I never worried until I was diagnosed. Then I panicked. But I wasn't scared for myself; I was terrified I'd pass the disease to the infant I was breastfeeding.

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A PhD Less Ordinary | UANews

A PhD Less Ordinary | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it

They study insects to build better robots, work with psychologists to develop more effective ways to learn a foreign language, or grow tiny wires inside living cells to produce smaller circuits.

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Western agricultural scientist touts GMO safety, benefits | Truth About Trade & Technology (Blog)

GMO crops provide the same nutrition, or possibly more, than conventionally-grown (non-GMO) crops, says Shane Burgess, dean of the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. I am a strong proponent of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) as...

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Voracious Worm Evolves To Eat Biotech Corn Engineered To Kill It | Infinite Unknown (Blog)

Voracious Worm Evolves To Eat Biotech Corn Engineered To Kill It | Infinite Unknown (Blog) | CALS in the News | Scoop.it

One of agricultural biotechnology’s great success stories may become a cautionary tale of how short-sighted mismanagement can squander the benefits of genetic modification.

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Voracious Worm Evolves to Eat Biotech Corn Engineered to Kill It | Cornucopia Institute

Voracious Worm Evolves to Eat Biotech Corn Engineered to Kill It | Cornucopia Institute | CALS in the News | Scoop.it

Wired by Brandon Keim Credit: Tom Hlavaty One of agricultural biotechnology’s great success stories may become a cautionary tale of how short-sighted mismanagement can squander the benefits of genetic modification.

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