New wasp may be a parasite of a parasite

Researchers have discovered a new species of wasp with a role in an insect horror story playing out on the stems and leaves of oak trees.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
Oct. 28, 2020 ~10 min

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A bout of powdery mildew leaves plants vulnerable

Prior exposure to powdery mildew makes plants more vulnerable to subsequent disease, research finds.

Marta Wegorzewska-WUSTL • futurity
Sept. 10, 2020 ~8 min

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New ‘soft’ tick shows up on New Jersey bats

The "soft" tick C. kelleyi parasitizes bats. Its appearance in New Jersey may signal risks to people, pets, and livestock.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Sept. 9, 2020 ~4 min

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In risky times, parasitic birds lay eggs in more baskets

To boost their odds of survival in unpredictable habitats, birds known as "brood parasites" hedge their bets by spreading eggs across other birds' nests.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
Aug. 31, 2020 ~5 min

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We can save parasites. Here’s why we should

"Parasites are an incredibly diverse group of species, but as a society, we do not recognize this biological diversity as valuable."

Michelle Ma-U. Washington • futurity
Aug. 5, 2020 ~8 min

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Invasive ticks are spreading without any males

All the adult Asian longhorned ticks found in the United States so far have been female. Here's why.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
July 9, 2020 ~5 min

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How to protect kids from tick and mosquito bug bites

"Choosing the appropriate bug repellent can be confusing for parents. Some may protect against mosquitos but not ticks, for example."

Beata Mostafavi-Michigan • futurity
June 15, 2020 ~7 min

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Try this app to avoid ticks this summer

With summer's arrival, avoiding ticks and the Lyme disease they spread is super important. A phone app can give you the facts you need to know.

Kim Ward-Michigan State • futurity
June 14, 2020 ~5 min

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Parasitic worms in your shellfish lead a creepy but popular lifestyle

Mud blister worms make their homes in the shells of oysters and other shellfish, where they weaken their hosts.

Andrew David, Assistant Professor of Biology, Clarkson University • conversation
June 3, 2020 ~7 min

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Team finds all-new species—on Twitter

Researchers first discovered the aptly named Troglomyces twitteri fungus by spotting it in an image of a millipede on Twitter.

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen • futurity
May 18, 2020 ~6 min

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