The invasive whitefly Singhiella simplex can quickly defoliate Ficus hedges in North America. A new guide in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management provides a key for identification and an in-depth management plan.
Thousand cankers disease is a fungal disease primarily affecting walnut trees, spread by the walnut twig beetle (Pityophthorus juglandis). While impacts vary greatly, diagnostic tools and an updated integrated pest management program are urgently needed. A new paper in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management highlights strategies that can be effective in managing TCD in commercial walnut plantations.
Dubbed a "living fossil" by researchers, the Yao silkworm has been domesticated in virtual isolation for a millennium by the Baiku Yao ethnic group in China. New genetic research on the strain finds that the Yao silkworm is a primitive form of the domestic silkworm species Bombyx mori and more distantly related to other wild silkworm species.
Monitoring wild bee populations is a tricky proposition, with common methods all having inherent biases. A new study uses mark-recapture to get a better picture of how various bee sampling methods measure up.