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Comb Your Antennae (Science Magazine: May Require Subscription)

Comb Your Antennae (Science Magazine: May Require Subscription) | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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Dr. Coby Schal and postdoctoral researchers, Dr. Katalin Boroczky and Dr. Ayako Wada-Katsuma ask why cockroaches groom and find that the fastidious behavior sharpens their senses. The discovery may have implications for pest control.

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NC State News and Information » Grooming Helps Insects Keep Their Senses Sharpened

NC State News and Information » Grooming Helps Insects Keep Their Senses Sharpened | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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CALS Research, NCSU's curator insight, February 5, 2013 11:41 AM

Like a self-absorbed teenager, insects spend a lot of time grooming.

 

In a study that delves into the mechanisms behind this common function, North Carolina State University researchers show that insect grooming – specifically, antennal cleaning – removes both environmental pollutants and chemicals produced by the insects themselves.

 

The findings, published online this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that grooming helps insects maintain acute olfactory senses that are responsible for a host of functions, including finding food, sensing danger and even locating a suitable mate.

 

The findings could also explain why certain types of insecticides work more effectively than others, leading to new pesticides.

 

Read the paper in PNAS here:

http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/01/29/1212466110.abstract

 

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Video: Cleanliness Is Next to Cockroaches - ScienceNOW

Video: Cleanliness Is Next to Cockroaches - ScienceNOW | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Video: Cleanliness Is Next to Cockroaches - ScienceNOW
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Video: Cleanliness is next to cockroaches (Science NOW on YouTube) Research team from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NCSU and Russia finds that fastidious insect grooming enhances sensory performance. Watch the delicate operation to learn more | http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2013/02/video-cleanliness-is-next-to-coc.html|
| paper in PNAS | http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/01/29/1212466110

 

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NC State News and Information » Grooming Helps Insects Keep Their Senses Sharpened

NC State News and Information » Grooming Helps Insects Keep Their Senses Sharpened | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
CALS Research, NCSU's insight:

Like a self-absorbed teenager, insects spend a lot of time grooming.

 

In a study that delves into the mechanisms behind this common function, North Carolina State University researchers show that insect grooming – specifically, antennal cleaning – removes both environmental pollutants and chemicals produced by the insects themselves.

 

The findings, published online this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that grooming helps insects maintain acute olfactory senses that are responsible for a host of functions, including finding food, sensing danger and even locating a suitable mate.

 

The findings could also explain why certain types of insecticides work more effectively than others, leading to new pesticides.

 

Read the paper in PNAS here:

http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/01/29/1212466110.abstract

 

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