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transgenic mosquito larvae

Why Genes That Make Mosquitoes Glow Can Help Reduce Vector-Borne Disease

Genes that make mosquitoes glow under UV light help scientists measure the spread of transgenic mosquitoes after they've been released to suppress wild populations of vector mosquito species. A recent study identifies a new promoter gene for turning on fluorescent protein production in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.

Vosnesensky bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii)

New Study Revisits 2013 Pesticide Bee Kill in Oregon

In June 2013, a pesticide application on ornamental trees in a shopping-center parking lot in Wilsonville, Oregon, led to the largest documented mass fatality of bumble bees in North America. A new analysis of the incident estimates more than 100,000 bees from nearly 600 colonies were killed, which researchers cite as a cautionary tale about the dangers of pesticides to native bee populations.

navel orangeworm moth (Amyelois transitella)

Why Flight Testing is an Important Step in Sterile Insect Technique

Releasing millions of sterile insects to interfere with a wild pest population won't work if irradiating the insects also hinders their flight capacity. A new study shows this may be the case with navel orangeworm moths (Amyelois transitella), and further fine-tuning will be necessary to build a successful sterile insect technique operation to manage the pest.

Zophobas morio larvae

Superworms: The Bigger, Brawnier, Hungrier Cousins of Yellow Mealworms

Larvae of the darkling beetle species Zophobas morio have earned the nickname "superworms" for their larger size and increased nutritional potential as food and feed compared to yellow mealworms. And yet less research and regulatory consideration has focused on Z. morio, something a pair of researchers in Greece hope to change.

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