December 14, 2017

A beetle overcomes a plant's defenses

Every cabbage plant conceals a bomb - a mustard oil bomb. Flea beetles outsmart the plants' defensive weapon and commandeer it for their own protection (MaxPlanckResearch, 4/2017) more »


November 27, 2017

Maize pest exploits plant defense compounds to protect itself

A new study explains why biological control of the Western corn rootworm has not been efficient (eLife, November 2017) more »


November 22, 2017

Desert ants cannot be fooled

These master navigators are able to assess the reliability of landmarks as they search for the way home (Current Biology, November 2017) more »


November 16, 2017

Microbial resident enables beetles to feed on a leafy diet

Thistle tortoise beetles outsource the job of breaking down plant cell walls to a symbiotic bacterium (Cell, November 2017) more »