May 14, 2021

How moths find their “flame”

An international team of biologists has discovered the gene controlling the mating preference of male European corn borer moths for the female sex pheromone (Nature Communications, May 2021) more »



May 11, 2021

Horseradish flea beetle: Protected with the weapons of its food plant

Researchers elucidate how the insect regulates the accumulation of plant toxins via special transporters (Nature Communications, May 2021) more »

May 11, 2021

A beetle’s Achilles heel

Glyphosate inhibits symbiotic bacteria in the saw-toothed grain beetle. Susceptibility of their microbial partners to the herbicide may be an underestimated weak spot of insects that could add to their decline (Communications Biology, May 2021) more »

April 19, 2021

Defensive symbiosis leads to gene loss in bacterial partners

The genome of symbiotic bacteria of beewolves is in the process of being reduced to their important protective function: the production of antibiotics (PNAS, April 2021) more »