Insecticide-making cotton actually boosted pesticide use in India

Thanks to genetically modified Bt cotton, "farmers in India are spending more on seeds, more on fertilizer, and more on insecticides."

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL
March 25, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment crops farmers genetic-engineering india insects money pesticides

How butterfly wings get blacker than black

Researchers have finally solved the mystery of ultra-black butterflies, which have wings that rival the blackest coatings humans can make.

Duke University
March 17, 2020 | futurity

~7 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology biomimicry butterflies coatings colors insects light

How butterfly wings get blacker than black

Researchers have finally solved the mystery of ultra-black butterflies, which have wings that rival the blackest coatings humans can make.

Duke University
March 17, 2020 | futurity

~7 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology biomimicry butterflies coatings colors insects light

Some bird flocks are a lot like K-pop groups

Birds in flocks with many different species change the way they hunt to better work as a team. It's a little like boy bands, one researcher says.

Natalie van Hoose-Florida
Feb. 13, 2020 | futurity

~7 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology birds insects predators

Butterflies can pass acquired traits to the next generation

It defies past thinking about evolution, but new research documents the inheritance of acquired traits among butterflies.

National University of Singapore
Feb. 12, 2020 | futurity

~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology butterflies evolution insects smells

Ants have to ‘unlock’ anger toward intruders

When an intruding ant enters a colony, ants don't jump to action to defend their home right away. The right smell has to "unlock" their aggression.

Spencer Turney-Vanderbilt
Feb. 4, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology aggression ants brains emotions insects

To save honey bees, tinker with their microbiomes?

Genetic engineered bacteria in the guts of honey bees could pump out medicines to protect the bees against Varroa mites and deformed wing virus.

Marc Airhart-Texas
Jan. 31, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment bacteria bees conservation genetic-engineering insects microbiomes

Bugs and heat will do major damage to crops as temps rise

Climate models may underestimate potential crop losses as a result of rising temperatures because they leave out how stressed plants react.

Igor Houwat-Michigan State
Jan. 21, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture climate-change insects temperature

Bug attacks make organic fruits and veg healthier

The wounds that insects give plant leaves release antioxidants and makes organic fruits and vegetables healthier for people to eat.

Laura Muntean-Texas A&M
Jan. 9, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment health-and-medicine agriculture antioxidants food insects plants

Mealworms could gobble up our big plastic problem

Mealworms can eat plastic and Styrofoam without taking on their toxins, which means they could safely become food for animals.

Rob Jordan-Stanford
Dec. 20, 2019 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment insects plastics pollution worms

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