Horn Fly Biocontrol: In Search of Faster Fungus

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By Ed Ricciuti Soon after silkworm eggs were smuggled out of China in the 12th Century, northern Italy and France emerged as centers of silk production, an industry almost brought to a standstill in the early 1800s by a mysterious disease that killed the caterpillars on which it depended. Bacteriologist Augustino Bassi determined the disease […]

Counting Horn Flies: No Easy Task, Whether In Person or In a Photo

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By Ed Ricciuti If your job is counting horn flies, a twitch of a cow’s hide can go a long way toward ruining your day. OK, perhaps that is a stretch, but it accurately describes a problem facing pest control managers who must manage a blood-sucking parasite that costs the cattle industry $1 billion a […]

Meet the the CowVac, an Innovative Way to Protect Cattle from Horn Flies

By Joel Grossman (A longer version of this article was published earlier at the Biocontrol Beat blog.) Rest assured, a CowVac is not a veterinary vaccine of some sort that magically provides insect control or renders cows autistic. Instead, it’s a suction device incorporated into a larger trapping apparatus that removes blood-sucking flies from livestock. […]