insect pests

Scientists alarmed by bark beetle boom

“Bark beetles lay waste to forests” – “Climate change sends beetles into overdrive” – “Bark beetles: can the spruce be saved?”: These newspaper headlines of…

Thievish hoverfly steals prey from carnivorous sundews

Hoverflies (also called flower flies), are conspicuous flower visitors of the dipteran family Syrphidae which often mimic the colouration of bees and wasps for…

Issues Associated with “Least Toxic Pesticides” Applied as a “Last Resort”

The three organizations have joined to take an objective look at the problems associated with “least toxic pesticides” applied as a “last resort” and today…

Researcher tracks agricultural overuse of bug-killing technology

In many instances, pesticides are applied without scouting fields to see if they are needed, violating a bedrock principle of integrated pest management. The…

Invasive pest danger closer than you think

But in the U.S., crossing state lines is free wheeling, according to researchers from the U.S., Australia and New Zealand, who evaluated the threat of invasive…

Tobacco and its evil cousin, nicotine? They're good — as a pesticide!

Cedric Briens and colleagues note that concerns about the health risks of tobacco have reduced demand and hurt tobacco farmers in some parts of the world….

New study shows benefits of Bt corn to farmers

“Modern agricultural science is playing a critical role in addressing many of the toughest issues facing American agriculture today, including pest management…

Project Fruit Fly: What Accounts for Insect Taste?

A report on the work, appearing April 19 in the online Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), raises the possibility that…

Hidden habits and movements of insect pests revealed by DNA barcoding

Using a technique called DNA barcoding, which involves the identification of species from a short DNA sequence, Weiblen and an international team of…

A new biopesticide for the organic food boom

That 12-foot-high Goliath, named for the jointed swollen nodes on its stem, invaded the U.S. from Japan years ago and grows along the East Coast and other…