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2009-10-22 10:38:34

The Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata, is a world plague which represents one of the most serious problems for agriculture. However, the control methods currently present in the market for this plague are ineffective.

2009-09-17 14:52:41

Canadian scientists say they've discovered the fruit fly is capable of intricate social learning, much like humans. The McMaster University study found inexperienced female fruit flies, known as Drosophila melanogaster, can learn from their more experienced counterparts, mated fruit flies. The researchers, led by Associate Professor Reuven Dukas and graduate student Sachin Sarin, said they found that when the novices landed on decaying fruit where the mated females had laid their eggs, the...

2009-09-16 10:37:18

A common household nuisance, the fruit fly, is capable of intricate social learning much like that used by humans, according to new research from McMaster University.

2009-08-01 14:54:38

A Southeast Asian fruit fly has been detected in the Americas for the first time and threatens fruit farms in Southern California. The California Department of Food and Agriculture announced Friday that seven white-striped fruit flies had been found in traps in Los Angeles County. The female flies lay eggs on fruit, especially guava and mango.

2009-07-16 14:02:24

There she is again: the cute girl at the mall. Big eyes. Long legs. She smiles at you. You're about to make your move… but wait! What's she wearing? It's a letterman jacket, one clearly belonging to a hulking football player named "Steve." This girl is taken. Wisely, you move on.

2009-06-30 09:52:58

Many plants protect themselves from hungry animals by producing toxic chemicals. In turn, animals rely on detecting the presence of these harmful chemicals to avoid consuming dangerous plant material.

2009-04-13 15:41:04

California Institute of Technology scientists say they have trained computers to analyze fruit fly behavior in find a genetic basis for it. The researchers said they have developed a computer program that can analyze aggression and courtship in fruit flies, opening the way for the scientists to perform large-scale, high-throughput screenings for genes that control such innate behavior. The program allows computers to examine a half an hour of video footage of pairs of interacting flies to...

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2009-02-06 09:30:00

This year marks both the bicentennial of Charles Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his seminal work "On the Origin of Species."

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2009-01-21 15:46:15

Fruit farmers in Southern Europe have been struggling for decades in a losing battle against the Mediterranean fruit fly, or Medfly, which is one of the world’s most destructive farm pests, since it lays its eggs in fruit and vegetables.

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2008-11-25 10:43:44

A species of fruit fly from the Seychelles Islands often lays larvae instead of eggs, UC San Diego biologists have discovered.


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