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Monsanto Corn Rootworm Knowledge Research Announces Grant - Growing North Carolina

Monsanto Corn Rootworm Knowledge Research Announces Grant - Growing North Carolina | Insects, Pest & Beneficial | Scoop.it
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Entomologist, Dr. Marcé Lorenzen, of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, NC State University, is one of six scientists awarded grants for corn rootworm knowledge research. Dr. Lorenzen will use the grant to develop methods to produce transgenic western corn rootworm and create strains that will enable researchers around the world to perform genome-wide mutagenesis in western corn rootworm by simply crossing two strains.

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ScienceShot: How an Aphid Is Like a Cat - ScienceNOW

ScienceShot: How an Aphid Is Like a Cat - ScienceNOW | Insects, Pest & Beneficial | Scoop.it
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Two New Hessian Fly Management Tools Now Available

Two New Hessian Fly Management Tools Now Available | Insects, Pest & Beneficial | Scoop.it

I am very excited about the publication of “Biology and Management of Hessian Fly in the Southeast”, as well as a new video produced by the North Carolina Small Grain Growers Associatio...

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CALS Research, NCSU's curator insight, January 29, 2013 3:16 PM

The video draws on the research of wheat breeder, Dr. Paul Murphy, small grains specialist, Dr. Randy Weisz and entomologist, Dr. Dominic Reisig to demonstrate how to control this insect pest of wheat in the southeast. The video is produced through a collaboration of the NC Small Grain Growers Association and the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University.

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Ant Species Losing Ground to Venomous Kind

Ant Species Losing Ground to Venomous Kind | Insects, Pest & Beneficial | Scoop.it
An aggressive species is being displaced in North America by a more aggressive — and potentially dangerous — species, according to a new study.
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War of the ants intensifies in U.S. (NY Times): Former Entomology PhD student Eleanor Spicer Rice finds invasive, bellicose ants outdoing each other in aggression.

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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 | Insects, Pest & Beneficial | Scoop.it
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CALS Research, NCSU's curator insight, February 5, 2013 2:41 PM

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