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Researchers Develop Improved Lab-Testing System for Mosquito Repellents


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Researchers Develop Improved Lab-Testing System for Mosquito Repellents

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Among the processes by which researchers gauge the effectiveness of a mosquito repellent is one that depends on convincing a volunteer to shove an arm treated with the compound into a box and let the little bloodsuckers have a go at it. The system works well enough but, like all such assays, has limitations, not […]

A Model for Predicting Stable Fly Populations

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

“Stable fly populations fluctuate tremendously not only seasonally but also from year to year. An important component of any integrated pest management program is to know the current trend in the population. As a pest population approaches the economic injury level, one would like to know if the population is going to continue to increase, […]

The Potential Role of Direct and Indirect Contacts on Infection Spread in Dairy Farm Networks

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Researchers have shown that looking at movements of operators and vehicles between farms in the same way we look at contacts in social networks can help explain the spread of dangerous infectious diseases of livestock, such as foot-and-mouth disease and avian influenza. This research, published in PLOS Computational Biology, can contribute to the development of […]

Unlocking the potential for innovation in rural California

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

UC ANR has for more than a century been in the business of what’s known as “technology incubation” — providing infrastructure, tools and connections to help scientists and entrepreneurs turn innovative ideas into profitable, socially beneficial enterprises. Expanding ANR’s role as an incubator in California is a top priorities of ANR. It’s also an area where […]

Scientists Suggest Re-Thinking Which Flea-Borne Bacterium Causes Fevers in Humans

Monday, November 14th, 2016

In Southern California over the past five years, there have been nearly 500 cases of flea-borne rickettsioses, more commonly known as flea-borne typhus. Rickettsia felis has become the presumed bacterium causing the fevers, but scientists from the California Department of Public Health think the presumption might be unfounded. Instead, in an article recently published in […]

Greater insect biodiversity in grasslands leads to higher levels of ecosystem services

Friday, August 19th, 2016

The more it swarms, crawls and flies the better it is for humans. This is the finding of a study published in “Nature“. More than 60 researchers from a number of universities were involved, including the Technical University of Munich, the Institute of Plant Sciences at the University of Bern and the Senckenberg Biodiversity and […]

Scientists Have Sequenced the Genome of the Tick that Transmits Lyme Disease

Monday, February 29th, 2016

An international team of scientists led by Purdue University has sequenced the genome of the tick that transmits Lyme disease, the most common vector-borne illness in North America. Ixodes scapularis, known as the blacklegged tick or the deer tick, is the first tick species to have its genome sequenced. The decade-long project, involving 93 authors […]

New Chewing Lice Species Named after Darth Vader

Friday, February 26th, 2016

A new louse species has been named Ricinus vaderi after Darth Vader, the evil character in the Star Wars movies, because of the similarity between the head of the louse and Darth Vader’s helmet. Ricinus, the largest genus of chewing lice, parasitizes perching birds in the order Passeriformes. The new species is described in the […]

Agricultural Sciences – Call for Papers on Poultry Production

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

The journal “Agricultural Sciences” is planning a special issue on poultry production.  In this special issue,  front-line researchers and authors are invited to submit original researches and review articles on exploring poultry production and food safety management. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: Poultry processing and production Poultry production and value Feed, water […]

New Tick Vaccine Looks Promising for Cattle

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

The economic impact of cattle ticks was so severe in the late 1800s that the U.S. Department of Agriculture started an eradication program in the early 1900s to eliminate them. Although some species were declared eradicated in the United States in 1943, today they are still common in Mexico and can hitchhike on stray livestock, […]

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