August 20, 2009

Malaysian scientist finds new fly species

Malaysian scientists say they've discovered a new scuttle fly species that may have the potential to be a biological agent in controlling termite infestation.

Named Misotermes mindeni, the new species was found to be a parasite on mound-building termites by doctoral student Kok-Boon Neoh and Professor Chow-Yang Lee of the University of Science Malaysia. The species was identified while Neoh was studying termite mounds on the university's Minden campus.

The discovery was detailed in a recent issue of the journal Sociobiology.