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A Natural Way to Monitor, and Possibly Control Populations of, Stink Bugs


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Anyone who has squashed a stink bug knows why they got their name. Although just a nuisance to homeowners, the insects feed on and damage fruits and vegetables, causing significant economic losses for farmers. Now scientists report in ACS’ Journal of Natural Products that they’ve discovered certain stink bug pheromone components and made them artificially in the lab for the first time, and these substances can be used to monitor and manage their populations.

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Hungry, Invasive ‘Crazy Worm’ Makes First Appearance in Wisconsin

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Wisconsin’s newest invasive species has done its best to stay underground, but the voracious, numerous and mysterious Asian crazy worm has emerged for the first time in the state on the campus of the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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Earlier Snowmelt Prompting Earlier Breeding of Arctic Birds

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A new collaborative study that included the work of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) biologists has revealed that migratory birds that breed in Arctic Alaska are initiating nests earlier in the spring, and that snowmelt occurring earlier in the season is a big reason why.

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Going Inside an Ant Raft

Georgia Tech researchers froze ant rafts and scanned them with a miniature CT scan machine to look at the strongest part of the structure – the inside – to discover how opaque ants connect, arrange and orient themselves with each other.

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Restoring Grasslands

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When it comes to restoring grasslands, ecologists may have another way to evaluate their progress—ants. The more diverse the ant population, the closer a restored section of grassland is to its original state, according to Laura Winkler, who recently completed her master’s degree in plant science, specializing in entomology, at South Dakota State University. When it comes to native grasslands, ants are “ecosystem engineers.”

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CSB to Discuss Macondo Oil Well Blowout/ Deepwater Horizon Investigation

Report TOMORROW on Thursday June 5, 2014 11 a.m. CDT News Conference in Houston, TX Media will be briefed on investigation findings and safety recommendations. These findings will then be formally presented to the public and two-member presidentially-appointed Board investigating the April 20, 2010, blowout of the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Understanding Mussels’ Stickiness Could Lead to Better Surgical and Underwater Glues

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A clearer understanding of how mussels stick to surfaces could lead to new classes of adhesives that will work underwater and even inside the body.

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NUS Researchers Discover Unusual Parenting Behaviour by a Southeast Asian Species of Treefrog

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Researchers from the Department of Biological Sciences at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Science have discovered that a Southeast Asian species of treefrog practices parental care to increase the likelihood of survival of its offspring. Chiromantis hansenae (C. hansenae), is currently the only species in the treefrog family in Southeast Asia that is known to exhibit such behaviour.

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A Mechanism of How Biodiversity Arises

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A new study of how biodiversity arises shows how a mutation in a single gene in development can lead to different consequences not only in jaw shape, but how this leads to different feeding strategies. It is among the first to show how one genetic change influences trait development and function.

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Temperature Influences Gender of Offspring

Whether an insect will have a male or female offspring depends on the weather, according to a study led by Joffrey Moiroux and Jacques Brodeur of the University of Montreal’s Department of Biological Sciences.

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