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2010-09-09 08:44:29

Male bedbugs are known to be very unfussy when it comes to mating, mounting any well-fed bug they can see - regardless of age or gender. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Biology have discovered how immature bedbug nymphs, who would be harmed by the traumatic insemination technique practiced by the males, release alarm pheromones to deter this unwanted attention. Vincent Harraca, from Lund University, Sweden, worked with a team of researchers to stage encounters between males...

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2010-07-01 07:10:31

Sex pheromone production in European corn borer races explored -- tracking the origin of new species The coming of summer brings promise for humans and insects alike. The farmer planted maize for a bountiful harvest, but the European Corn Borer (ECB) is looking for a good meal right away. The caterpillars of this pest bore deep into the maize stems, where they eat the inner pith causing the weakened stalks to fall over before the ears can ripen. As if one pest were not bad enough, there are...

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2010-05-04 12:52:16

Researchers in the Department of Entomology,  University of California, Davis, have discovered that the fruit fly has a native odorant receptor that detects the silkworm moth's sex pheromone, and that it's "amazingly more sensitive" than the moth's odorant receptor. Their work could open research doors for insect-inspired biosensors. The odor detector or OR is a means of chemical communication that helps insects find mates.  The olfactory link between silkworm moths (Bombyx mori)...

2010-04-19 08:38:22

Universit© de Montr©al scientists uncover mystery in journal Nature A mystery about the mechanism behind sexual mate selection has been resolved. According to a new study published in the journal Nature, Universit© de Montr©al researchers have discovered a molecular switch that becomes activated in response to a potential mate's signal. Simply put, an organism knows that a potential mate is close-by and healthy enough to mate. "This mating decision is controlled by a...

2010-04-12 18:15:51

To look at the tobacco budworm moth and its close cousin, you wouldn't be able to tell the fuzzy-looking, fingertip-size moths apart. But put males of each species as far as six car-lengths away from females,  and even in the darkness of midnight they easily find their way to mates from their own species while ignoring females from the other species. Today, the genes that keep the species sexually isolated are no longer a mystery, thanks to research from North Carolina State University...

2010-03-04 10:40:00

MONTREAL, March 4 /PRNewswire/ - With nearly 30 years of experience in managing creative and design teams in New York and Boston, David Rollert has joined Pheromone, the interactions agency as its vice president of interactive design. He will be heading up the agency's key interactive sector that includes teams involved in concept development, design, creation, user experience, prototyping and user research. Since the 1980s, David has lent his talent for building and managing design, creation...

2010-02-17 13:01:00

MONTREAL, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ - In the past year, Club Med North America (Canada, United States) has seen its web-generated sales jump by 40%. Plus its "click to book" ratio (the proportion of Internet users who buy a trip after having clicked on a link in an email) is 2.5 times higher than it used to be. Behind this performance is Pheromone, which has been guiding Club Med in optimizing its relationship marketing for the past year. The agency's implementation of a new customer relationship...

2009-09-30 09:29:59

Why recognizing sex pheromone components of the silkworm moth at the scale of atoms and molecules impacts on eco-friendly agriculture New research announced today, Wednesday 30th September, by a team of leading scientists working with the UK's national Synchrotron, Diamond Light Source, could have a significant impact on the development and refinement of new eco-friendly pest control methods for worldwide agriculture. Published in the Journal of Molecular Biology, the study was carried out by...

2009-09-24 09:15:29

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)-funded research, published this week in Chemical Communication, describes how scientists have discovered molecules that could confuse insects' ability to detect plants by interfering with their sense of smell. This could reduce damage to crops by insect pests and contribute to food security. Lead researcher Dr Antony Hooper of Rothamsted Research, an institute of BBSRC said: "One way in which insects find each other and their...

2009-08-17 14:00:00

U.S. and Mexican scientists have linked gene expression in honeybees' brains in the response to threats with long-term and evolutionary aggression differences. The study involved scientists from the University of Illinois, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Fyssen Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Illinois Sociogenomics Initiative, Purdue University, the University of Guelph and the National Program of Epidemiology in Mexico. It utilized microarray analysis to measure...