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Tag: Ed Ricciuti

Clues in the Clay: Decoy Insect Larvae Reveal Predator Presence in Turfgrass

Researchers at the University of Georgia are studying how clay models of caterpillars and other insect larvae can attract predator insects and arthropods in turfgrass and reveal their presence by the marks they leave behind. Their latest study fine-tunes the method by evaluating the colors, shapes, and sizes of the decoys that work best.

What’s That Termite? Artificial Intelligence Might Have the Answer

A team of researchers in Taiwan has developed software driven by machine learning to accurately identify specimens—both soldiers and workers—of four different termite species. Their goal is to enable smartphone app termite ID for pest management pros and adapt the software's use to additional species.

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.

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