Characterizing the Link Between Climate and Thermal Limits in Beetles

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By Amanda Biederman Amid concerns over a rapidly changing climate, the abilities of different insects to survive at warmer temperatures has become a major question of interest. Kimberly Sheldon, an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is employing a comprehensive approach to this problem. Sheldon is studying the effects of climate change on […]

Cereal Systems Conference to Coincide with ESA Annual Meeting

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By Sanford Eigenbrode To help Pacific Northwest farmers understand and adapt to the projected impacts of climate change, nearly 200 scientists, students, and educators from the region’s three land-grant universities in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington and the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service are finishing up a five-year integrated project. Regional Approaches to Climate Change (REACCH) for […]

Museum Specimens Show How Scale Insects Will Respond To Climate Change

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A few months ago, leaders of the Systematics, Evolution, and Biodiversity Section of the Entomological Society of America issued a statement in support of museum collections that house whole biological specimens, as opposed to ones that only feature high-resolution photographs and audio recordings, as some had recommended. Now researchers from North Carolina State University have […]

Warmer Climate Does not Necessarily Mean More Mosquitoes and Diseases

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In recent years, some reports have claimed that as global temperatures rise, more areas will be affected by diseases that are spread by mosquitoes, such as malaria, dengue, and yellow fever. As temperatures rise, the logic goes, the mosquito habitat will increase and more people will be exposed to them, making them potential disease victims. […]