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Evolutionary tools improve prospects for sustainable development | Science Codex

Evolutionary tools improve prospects for sustainable development | Science Codex | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Solving societal challenges in food security, emerging diseases and biodiversity loss will require evolutionary thinking in order to be effective in the long run. Inattention to this will only lead to greater challenges such as short-lived medicines and
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He knows what’s buggin’ ya | Arizona Daily Star

He knows what’s buggin’ ya | Arizona Daily Star | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
UA entomologists can identify pests and introduce you to new insects.
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Honey, Don’t Forget the Pollinators | Edible Baja Arizona

Honey, Don’t Forget the Pollinators | Edible Baja Arizona | CALS in the News | Scoop.it

Go to the produce section in any Whole Foods, AJ’s, or Sprouts in the Tucson area, and at least 237 of the 453 fruits and vegetables found there were brought to you by a now-imperiled fleet of flying pollinators. While scientists and farmers in Baja Arizona were among the first in the country to sound the alarm about pollinator declines, they are also leading the way in on-farm pollinator recovery that may ultimately ensure our own food security.


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Big-eyed bugs have large appetite for pests | Western Farm Press

Big-eyed bugs have large appetite for pests | Western Farm Press | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Big-eyed bugs are predator insects whose large eyes provide a wide field of vision and boost the ability to locate prey.
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Honeybees play a vital role in the agricultural industry | OK4me2 (Blog)

Honeybees play a vital role in the agricultural industry | OK4me2 (Blog) | CALS in the News | Scoop.it

Honeybees are responsible for pollinating agricultural crops that make up one-third of our diet, including fruits and vegetables.

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Bee-utiful Research: Experts Working To Improve Health Of Key Agricultural Pollinator | Crypto Zoology News (Blog)

While honeybees may be best known as producers of honey and beeswax useful for candles and seals, experts from the University of Arizona want to remind you that the insects play an important role in the agriculture industry.

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Honeybees Vital To The Agricultural Industry | redOrbit

Honeybees Vital To The Agricultural Industry | redOrbit | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
While honeybees may be best known as producers of honey and beeswax useful for candles and seals, experts from the University of Arizona want to remind you that the insects play an important role in the agriculture industry.
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Your Secret Food Supplier: The Humble Honeybee | Yuma News Now

Honeybees plays a vital, behind-the-scenes role in Arizona's agricultural industry. The next time you tuck into a salad, thank a honeybee.

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Accurate whitefly, natural enemy counts in Ariz. cotton | Western Farm Press

Accurate whitefly, natural enemy counts in Ariz. cotton | Western Farm Press | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Counting whiteflies, sweep net use, and counting natural enemies are excellent tools to better manage the whitefly populations in Arizona cotton fields.
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Ant Colonies With Personalities? The Meek and the Bold | Nature World News

Ant Colonies With Personalities? The Meek and the Bold | Nature World News | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Researchers studying the behavioral patterns of ant colonies are suggesting that each nest can actually have its own collective personality that is shaped by the environment.
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Geneticists decry book on race and evolution | AAAS

A best-seller by former New York Times science writer Nicholas Wade about recent human evolution and its potential effects on human cultures has drawn critical reviews since its spring publication. Now, nearly 140 senior human population geneticists around the world, many of whose work was cited in the book, have signed a letter to The New York Times Book Review stating that Wade has misinterpreted their work. The letter criticizes “Wade’s misappropriation of research from our field to support arguments about differences among human societies,” and is slated to appear in the 10 August issue of the Book Review. It’s available online today.

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Environment can affect personalities of ant colonies, study finds | SmartBrief

Ant colonies appear to have personalities that are molded by their environment, according to a study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. "Some colonies are much more happy to take risks in their daily activities, while other colonies are a lot less likely to take risks," said research leader Sarah Bengston of the University of Arizona. The personality of colonies can be affected by their location, with risk-taking personalities more common in the colder climes of the north, researchers suggest.
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Galapagos hawks hand down lice like family heirlooms | Daily News (New York NY)

Galapagos hawks hand down lice like family heirlooms | Daily News (New York NY) | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Say what you will about the parasitic lifestyle, but in the evolution of life on Earth, it is a winner. Offered that about half of all identified species are parasites, biologists have extended hypothesized that the approach of leeching off other organisms...
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Live Bugs Tell of a Bug's Life at Insect Festival | UANews

Ask any entomologist, and you might be told that bugs rule the world. Each year in September, they certainly rule the show during the Arizona Insect Festival.

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Insects invade Student Union for annual festival | Arizona Daily Wildcat

Insects invade Student Union for annual festival | Arizona Daily Wildcat | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Buzz, buzz, buzzzzzz. Most people run at the slightest detection of a buzzing bug, but people will be flocking to them this Sunday at the Student Union Memorial Center Grand Ballroom to attend the fourth annual Arizona Insect Festival.
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Evolutionary Biology: It's Not Just for Textbooks Anymore | UANews

Evolutionary Biology: It's Not Just for Textbooks Anymore | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it

Solving global challenges in food security, emerging diseases and biodiversity loss requires evolutionary thinking, argues a new study published online in Science Express that was co-authored by Bruce Tabashnik of the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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Flood spawns West Nile virus concerns | Arizona Republic

Flood spawns West Nile virus concerns | Arizona Republic | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
PHOENIX -- Public health officials said they will closely monitor mosquito infestations that could rise from the small ponds and water-filled basins created by Monday's record-breaking rainfall and flooding.
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Bee-utiful Research: Experts Working To Improve Health Of Key Agricultural Pollinator | Before It's News

While honeybees may be best known as producers of honey and beeswax useful for candles and seals, experts from the University of Arizona want to remind you that the insects play an important role...

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Incognito caterpillar threatens US borders | Nature

Incognito caterpillar threatens US borders | Nature | CALS in the News | Scoop.it

Faster identification could help officials protect the country's crops from invasive Old World bollworm.

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Your Secret Food Supplier: The Humble Honeybee | UANews

Your Secret Food Supplier: The Humble Honeybee | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it

"Honeybees are responsible for pollinating agricultural crops that make up one-third of our diet, including fruits and vegetables. They're the cornerstones of heart-healthy and cancer prevention diets," says Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman, an adjunct professor in the Department of Entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona and a research leader at the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center in the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Honeybees play a vital role in the agricultural industry | Phys.org

Honeybees play a vital role in the agricultural industry | Phys.org | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
The next time you tuck into a salad, thank a honeybee.
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Incognito Caterpillar Threatens U.S. Borders | Scientific American

Incognito Caterpillar Threatens U.S. Borders | Scientific American | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Faster identification may help officials protect America from an invasive, crop-killing pest
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Ant colony personalities shaped by environment | The Nation (Pakistan)

BBCWashington Ant colonies have their own personalities, which are shaped by the environment, a US study suggests. Colonies of several hundred ants show consistent differences in the way they behave, just like individual people do.Certain behaviours go together - for example, a colony that explores
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CFZ Watcher of the Skies: Galapagos hawks hand down lice like family heirlooms | CFZ Watchers (Blog)

Studying Galápagos hawks and their lice, biologists provide some of the first field evidence for co-divergence between parasites and hosts as a major driver of biodiversity. As the birds diversify into distinct populations on each island, their parasites diversify with them. The findings help explain the rapid rate of parasite evolution.

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Parasites FTW: Galápagos Hawks Hand Down Lice Like Family Heirlooms | Science 2.0

Parasite is colloquially a bad word but about half of all known species are parasites and biologists have long hypothesized that the strategy of leeching off other organisms is a major driver of biodiversity.

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