Press Releases 2012

December 19, 2012   
Not without my microbes - After metamorphosis European forest cockchafers benefit from the same bacterial symbionts housed during their larval stage

December 7, 2012
A Direct Line through the Brain to Avoid Rotten Food – A Full STOP Signal for Drosophila - Odor activation of a dedicated neural pathway by geosmin, an odor produced by toxic microorganisms, activates a hard-wired avoidance response in the fly

November 21, 2012
Herbivore defense in ferns - Unlike flowering plants, bracken ferns do not release any odor signals to attract the enemies of their attackers for their own benefit

October 16, 2012
Green Leaf Volatiles Increase Plant Fitness Via Biocontrol - Field study published in the new scientific journal eLife reveals that biological pest control using predators of insect eggs and larvae increases plant fitness

September 12, 2012
Insecticide Resistance Caused by Recombination of Two Genes - Novel enzyme makes cotton bollworm resistant against pyrethroids

July 4, 2012
Humidity increases odor perception in terrestrial hermit crabs − Olfaction in land crabs is still in an early transitional stage between life in water and on land

June 6, 2012
How plants make cocaine: The discovery of the first enzyme in the pathway sheds new light on the evolution of alkaloid formation

May 23, 2012
Deterring Signals: Tobacco Plants Advertise their Defensive Readiness to Attacking Leafhoppers - Like blood-sucking insects, herbivores evaluate their host’s readiness for defense

April 25, 2012
Flies Process Attractive and Deterrent Odors in Different Brain Areas − Newly developed analytic device Flywalk allows accurate studies of insect behavior to be made

March 9, 2012
Orientation of Desert Ants: Every Cue Counts − Foraging desert ants always find their way back to the nest, even when it is only marked by a magnetic cue, vibration, or carbon dioxide

February 2, 2012
Yellow Biotechnology: Using plants to silence insect genes in a high-throughput manner - Using virus vector-mediated RNAi enables scientists to rapidly study the function of insect genes