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Sequencing arthropod genomes

In the last issue of The Journal of Heredity it has been published the paper entitled “The i5K Initiative: Advancing Arthropod Genomics for Knowledge, Human Health, Agriculture, and the Environment” reporting the state of the art of the 5000 Arthropod Genomes Initiative (i5K). The i5k initiative reflects the proposal of a large group of scientists to coordinately promote genome … Continue reading

web resources / workshop

Training courses at the Distributed European School of Taxonomy

The Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST) has launched two types of training courses at various European research facilities and universities. The training curriculum targets both modern disciplines such as molecular systematics and biodiversity informatics, as well as the more ‘traditional’ approaches such as morphology and descriptive taxonomy. Courses are open to participants from Europe … Continue reading

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SYNTHESYS is back – funding available for short research visits

The SYNTHESYS Office is pleased to announce the start of the new SYNTHESYS3 project under the current European Commission’s FPVII European-funded Integrating Activities funding scheme. SYNTHESYS Access funding is available to provide scientists (Users) based in European Member, Associate and Candidate States to undertake short visits to utilise the infrastructure (comprising the collections, staff expertise … Continue reading

general biology / natural enemies

What is Aphidius?

The wasps of the genus Aphidius are aphid parasitoids that lay eggs within the aphid bodies. The wasps’ larvae, which hatch from the eggs, slowly eat aphid tissues and organs and kill the aphids (endoparasitism). The aphids then turn into “mummies” as the wasps pupate. Here two examples from YouTube… Aphidius ervi parasiting the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum … Continue reading

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Waste water and insect life… or better… insect death!

Neonicotinoids are neuro-active insecticides which derive their toxicity to target species from acting mainly agonistically on nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) on the post-synaptic membrane. This means that normal nerve impulses become impaired. Among neonicotinoids, imidacloprid shows a selective toxicity for insects or at least it should! An interesting research, published by Tessa C. Van Dijk, Marja A. … Continue reading

general biology / pesticide resistance

Leave aphids on your plants to preserve your children!

Aphids are frequently controlled by chemical compounds so that it could be not so unusual that you may interact with insecticides, for instance, after a general treatment of your home for spiders, insects or termites. A new study published by Elizabeth Milne et al. in the journal Cancer Causes & Control  reveals that women exposed within a year of … Continue reading