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.
Fraser fir Christmas trees are a best seller during Christmas season, and they make up the vast majority of Christmas trees grown in the southeastern U.S. A new guide offers a review of pests and their management strategies for Fraser firs in the southeastern region.
In urban settings, plant selection and landscape maintenance play a critical role in pollinator populations and the preservation of essential ecosystem services. A new guide in the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management reviews case studies and identifies opportunities for future study and action in urban pollinator conservation.
When plastic debris pollutes soil ecosystems, some insects may play a role in spreading it by breaking it down into microplastic particles. A new study sheds light on this dynamic by looking at a variety of soil invertebrates and their taste for polystyrene.