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Breeding invertebrates for next generation biocontrol

Bingo! No, I haven’t just won a prize (unfortunately), but I have just read about a new international research network with the memorable acronym BINGO, standing for Breeding Invertebrates for Next Generation biocontrol. The BINGO Marie Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) has been awarded €3.3m from the EU Horizon 2020 programme to bring together researchers from 9 European countries...
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Scientists uncover how bacterial parasites turn plants into the living dead

Forget popular video game Plants Vs. Zombies, some plants are zombies and BBSRC-funded scientists have uncovered how bacterial parasites turn them into the living dead. "For the first time, we can reveal how this remarkable manipulation takes place," says Professor Saskia Hogenhout from the John Innes Centre.  "In that sense, the plant world is ahead of animal...
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Colour of traps makes a difference to sweetpotato weevils

The sweetpotato weevil,  Cylas formicarius  (Fabricius), is the most serious pest of sweetpotato around the world, damaging sweetpotatoes in the field and in storage. Because the larval period is spent within vines or tubers, and the adults are nocturnal, chemical control frequently is not effective. Mass trapping using synthetic pheromones has suppressed populations of...
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Flower power fights orchard pests

Washington State University researchers have found they can control one of fruit growers’ more severe pests, aphids, with a remarkably benign tool: flowers. The discovery is a boon for organic as well as conventional tree fruit growers.  The researchers recently published their study in the journal Biological Control. They found that plantings of sweet alyssum attracted a...
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