House Fly Death by Artificial Sweetener: Starvation, Not Toxicity

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While recent headlines have noted the potential insecticidal properties of common artificial sweeteners, don’t go sprinkling Truvia around your home just yet. A new study on house flies suggests they likely aren’t poisoned by sweeteners—they just die of malnutrition. A team of researchers at North Carolina State University tested survival rates of house flies (Musca […]

Farm to Trough: How House Flies Could Reduce Waste and Feed Livestock

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As the global human population continues to rise, researchers are turning to the potential role insects might play in growing the global food supply. A new study from researchers at Cornell University points to the house fly (Musca domestica) as a viable source of a protein-rich food source—not for humans, but for livestock. As reported […]

Researchers Have Sequenced the House Fly Genome

The house fly might be a worldwide pest, but its genome will provide information that could improve our lives. From insights into pathogen immunity, to pest control and decomposing waste, the 691 Mb genome has been sequenced and analyzed by a global consortium of scientists, and is published in the open access journal Genome Biology. […]

Scientists Use a Virus to Control House Flies

Scientists at the Agricultural Research Service’s Center for Medical, Agricultural, and Veterinary Entomology (CMAVE) in Gainesville, Florida have found a promising biological control agent—-salivary gland hypertrophy virus (SGHV). Once infected with the virus, female flies do not produce eggs, and male flies do not mate. “The salivary glands become huge, ovaries remain small, and the […]