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2014-07-09 11:18:56

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Increases publication rates 3-10 fold and expands potential for protecting food resources Researchers at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences dug into the last 70 years of peer-reviewed publications about protozoan parasites that infest bivalve mollusks and found that when an organism can be cultured in the laboratory, more papers and greater understanding result. Senior Research Scientists, José Fernández Robledo and Nicholas Record co-authored...

2014-07-08 23:13:57

RESCUE!® fly traps are proven summer solutions for nuisance or filth flies. Spokane, WA (PRWEB) July 08, 2014 Flies are common, annoying and unsanitary. But they’re more than just a nuisance. They’re carriers of filth and more than 60 human and animal diseases. With temperatures warming, experts warn that hot, humid conditions create ideal environments for flies to breed and develop. “The warmer the weather, the faster the flies are produced,” says Dr. Qing-He Zhang, Ph.D.,...

2014-07-03 10:08:00

PLOS New species of spider wasp may use chemical signals from dead ants to protect nest A new species of spider wasp, the 'Bone-house Wasp,' may use chemical cues from dead ants as a nest protection strategy, according to a recent study published July 2, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Michael Staab from University of Freiburg, Germany, and his colleagues from China and Germany. Wasps use a wide variety of nest protection strategies, including digging holes or occupying...

Plants Respond To Leaf Vibrations Caused By Chewing Caterpillars
2014-07-02 03:34:36

[ Watch The Video: Plants Respond To Leaf Vibrations Caused By Insects’ Chewing ] University of Missouri-Columbia Previous studies have suggested that plant growth can be influenced by sound and that plants respond to wind and touch. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri, in a collaboration that brings together audio and chemical analysis, have determined that plants respond to the sounds that caterpillars make when eating plants and that the plants respond with more...

Gene Silencing Technology Alters Sex Of Prawns
2014-07-01 03:28:58

Society for Experimental Biology Israeli scientists have developed a novel method for generating single-sex populations of prawns. This could be used to boost the productivity of aquaculture farms and even as a biocontrol measure against invasive species and pests. Male sexual differentiation in crustaceans is regulated by the androgenic gland. It is thought that this overrides a default program of female differentiation, allowing male features to develop. This comes from the...

Bloodsucking Parasite Threatens UK Honeybees
2014-06-27 03:23:24

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Scientists have discovered how a bloodsucking parasite has transformed Deformed Wing Virus (DWV) into one of the biggest threats facing UK honeybees. Honeybees are a key pollinating insect, adding around $40Bn globally to crop value. Over recent years the spread of parasites and the viruses they transmit has resulted in high overwintering colony losses. New and emerging threats to insect pollinators are putting increasing...

Lindsey Dougherty Discovers Source Of Disco Clams' Mirrored Lips
2014-06-25 03:32:27

[ Watch The Video: Disco Clams Light Up The Ocean Floor ] By Robert Sanders, University of California - Berkeley Four years after falling in love with the disco clam – a cute little mollusk known for its underwater light show – Lindsey Dougherty has discovered the secret of its mirrored lips. A dive instructor and University of California, Berkeley, graduate student, Dougherty first encountered the two-inch clam in 2010 while diving with her mother and sister in Wakatobi,...

2014-06-24 23:01:33

CLAMS Virtual Currency and getCLAMS.com are excited to announce that Justin Boscolo has agreed to change his legal first name to “Iheart” and his legal last name to “getCLAMS.com” for the next 3 years in exchange for $50,000.00, as part of an ongoing CLAMS promotion. (PRWEB) June 24, 2014 CLAMS Virtual Currency and getCLAMS.com are excited to announce that Justin Boscolo has agreed to change his legal first name to “Iheart” and his legal last name to “getCLAMS.com” for the...

2014-06-23 23:12:17

Bed bugs reportedly shut down a branch of Warren Public Library. Meanwhile, in order to help the public kill bed bugs anywhere, My Cleaning Products advised the use of Bed Bug Bully. Warren, MI (PRWEB) June 23, 2014 A library was shut down in Michigan because of bed bugs. News website freep.com relayed the details of it on its post published June 12, 2014. Meanwhile, wanting to help the public kill bed bugs promptly and safely anywhere, My Cleaning Products recommended the use of the...

2014-06-23 23:09:50

Insect Screen helps you stay ahead of greenhouse insect infestation during the Summer months. Gothic Arch Greenhouses offers natural insect control screens and more. Mobile, AL (PRWEB) June 23, 2014 Warm temperatures offer perfect breeding conditions for pests. In some hot, humid climates, an entire greenhouse crop of vegetables or ornamentals can be completely destroyed and, unless controlled, nearby houses are at risk of impending infestation. With health concerns resulting in the...


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Costa Rican Zebra Tarantula, Aphonopelma seemanni
2014-09-21 10:12:51

The Costa Rican Zebra Tarantula (Aphonopelma seemanni), known also as the Striped-knee Tarantula, inhabits the majority of the western Costa Rica, as well as other portions of Central America, such as Honduras and Nicaragua, and possibly Guatemala. It’s usually black with white stripes near the joint; however, a brown color formation also exists for this spider. These tarantulas are deep-burrowing spiders. They reside in open semi-arid scrublands, and are often found in large...

Mexican Golden Red Rump Tarantula, Brachypelma albiceps
2014-09-21 10:05:15

Mexican Golden Red Rump Tarantula (Brachypelma albiceps) is a species of the genus Brachypelma. The carapace is a light golden color with legs and a black abdomen covered with longer red hairs. Females typically live for about fifteen years. The males normally live about five years or up to twelve months after the last molt. This spider is native to the central highlands of Mexico, especially in Guerrero and south of Morelos. In the wild, they construct underground burrows, typically under...

Honduran Curlyhair, Brachypelma albopilosum
2014-09-21 09:46:39

The Honduran Curlyhair (Brachypelma albopilosum) is a species of tarantula that have a native range including Central America, from Honduras to Costa Rica. They are terrestrial and opportunistic burrowing spiders. It is covered in long hairs that have a characteristic curl to them giving it a unique look. This tarantula is a plump-bodied spider covered with dark brown to black colored hair. It has a golden-bronze sheen because of the longer gold hairs that cover the whole body, which are...

Mexican Flame Knee, Brachypelma auratum
2014-09-21 09:40:55

The Mexican Flame Knee (Brachypelma auratum) is a tarantula that is native to the regions of Guerrero and Michoacan in Mexico. It is much like the Brachypelma smithi in appearance, albeit slightly darker. Because of the similarities, it wasn’t considered a distinct species until 1992. Image Caption: Brachypelma auratum. Credit: Ruben Kiel Alvarado/Wikipedia  (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Baboon Spider, Pterinochilus murinus
2014-08-29 11:57:31

The Baboon Spider (Pterinochilus murinus), an old-world tarantula, was initially described in 1897 by Reginald Innes Pocock. This species is found on the African continent, in Angola, as well as central, eastern, and southern Africa. Among those who keep tarantulas as pets, Pterinochilus murinus is known as “OBT”, which means Orange Baboon Tarantula or Orange Bitey Thing, and also as the Pterror, a pun on its Latin genus classification: Pterinochilus. These nicknames are in reference...

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