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The importance of olfactory and visual cues in developing bettermonitoring tools for Sirex noctilio (Hymenoptera: Siricidae)

Published: 
Feb 25, 2015
To improve the monitoring of the invasive European woodwasp, both sexes of Sirex noctilio were studied in a walk-in wind tunnel. We evaluated three trap types: unbaited traps, traps baited with a three-component pheromone lure and traps baited with a To improve the monitoring of the invasive European woodwasp, both sexes of Sirex noctilio were studied in a walk-in wind tunnel. We evaluated three trap types: unbaited traps, traps baited with a three-component pheromone lure and traps baited with a commercial Sirex kairomone lure and ultraviolet light. commercial Sirex kairomone lure and ultraviolet light. Read more

GENOME REVEALS WHY POOP WOULDN’T HURT A FLY

Published: 
Oct 17, 2014
If you spend most of your time in dung piles and garbage heaps, you better have robust immune genes.  Scientists sequenced the genome of the house fly for the first time and found an expanded number of immune response and defense genes.  The findings could explain how flies quickly adapt to resist insecticides, which in turn could lead to new ways to control them....“Anything that comes out of an animal, such as bacteria and viruses, house flies can take from that waste and deposit on your sandwich,” says Jeff Scott, professor of entomology at Cornell University and lead author of a paper published in the journal Genome Biology. Read more

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