When the chips are down.
What's the answer? Fight or flight?
Fall armyworms have a number of characteristics that make them particularly hard to control. They are strong fliers, can breed at a high rate and also develop quick resistance to pesticides.
The Fall Armyworm has a devastating impact because it eats the reproductive parts of the plant as well as its leaves.
A combination of armyworms native to Africa and those normally found in the Americas are ravaging crops in sub-Saharan Africa.
Zastolskiy Victor / shutterstock
Bigger gardens and more greenery encourages insect diversity, some of which finds its way indoors.
Federico Gambarini / EPA
The bizarre spectacle was the result of a coming together of several exceptional circumstances.
The silverlead whitefly is a major agricultural pest.
Invasive species and diseases pose a major threat to agriculture – particularly in the countries that can least afford it.
Mark Mallott / Rothamsted Research
A 'Biblical swarm' of 'super-moths' from continental Europe is heading to the UK.
The common grey silverfish, Ctenolepisma longicaudata, in Sydney.
Silverfish have disappeared from our homes as book-bindings - their favourite food - have improved.
The American Cockroach, one of the most common species found in your home.
Cockroach image from www.shutterstock.com
There are over 5,000 species of cockroach, but fortunately only a few have chosen to live with us.
Fungi that live inside plants can fight off nasty insect pests.
Pesticides have harmful effects on those using them.
Understanding the hazards and risks of pesticides is vital for people using them on crops.
Tens of millions of smallholder farmers across sub-Saharan Africa have a stake in improving the health of the soil their cattle graze on.
Africa’s soil crisis calls for quick and creative action. This includes deepening farmers' knowledge about soil microbes.
Locust sits on a wheat stalk.
Insects have been in a feature in agriculture since the end of the 19th century. Using a combination of new and old control methods is the best way to deal with our food competitors.
Teeming with insect life?
Oregon Department of Agriculture
Continued use of pesticides will lower diversity of beneficial insects, costing corn farmers more money over time.
Genetic techniques are helping scientists work out how to stop invasive species before they rack up huge environmental and financial costs.
Honeybees pollinate a third of Australia’s food crops. Losing them due varroa might would cost the economy billions of dollars.
A nationwide outbreak of foot and mouth disease; an invasion of a devastating wheat disease; our honeybees completely wiped out. These are just three possible disastrous scenarios facing Australia; they’re…
A male Onthophagus vacca, the species of dung beetle being released this week in Western Australia.
The average cow drops between 10 and 12 dung pads (also known as “pats”) every day and just one of those cow pads can produce up to 3,000 flies in a fortnight. With more than 28 million cattle in Australia…
A finch, doing its own dirty laundry with pesticides.
Sarah A. Knutie
Darwin’s finches, a group of 14 species found only in the Galapagos Islands, are perhaps most well known as one of the inspirations for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection. A classic…
Bird feed now. The whole bird later.
Species hold ecosystems in a delicate balance. From time to time humans introduce non-native species to an ecosystem, because they may be needed for domestic work, as pets, for carrying loads or even for…
Disease-carrying pests such as the biting midge Culicoides can be blown from Asia into northern Australia by strong winds.
Australian researchers are developing a new tool to help track and manage the vast numbers of disease-carrying insects blown…