The polyphagous shothole borer is tiny - but a fungus it’s commonly associated with can be deadly for trees.
Wilhelm de Beer
The beetle and the fungus have devastated trees in California in the US as well as in Israel. Now they're in South Africa.
Makame Makame from the Zanzibar Malaria Elimination Programme holds one of the drones used to map malaria vectors.
Epidemiologists and public health managers are looking to complement indoor-based malaria solutions with those that focus on the outdoors. Drones are a crucial part of their armoury.
Lucy Hulmes / CEH
Here's how to take the sting out of these harmful pesticides.
A second Malaria causing mosquito has been discovered in South Africa .
Malaria in South Africa is close to being eliminated but to complicate matters scientists have identified a second mosquito transmitting the disease.
Artemisinin-based combination therapy is the first line recommended malaria treatment.
The gains made towards eliminating malaria in endemic countries is being threatened by insecticide and antimalarial drug resistance.
Pyrethroids can be found in some head-lice products.
An association isn't the same as causation – and as far as associations go, the one in this study was pretty weak.
The Vespula germanica, or German wasp, is an invasive species in South Africa.
Carolien van Zyl
Indigenous biocontrol agents could be used to curb the spread of invasive wasps across South Africa and into sub-Saharan Africa.
Cages full of hand reared yellow fever mosquitoes await research (or possibly release)
Cameron Webb, NSW Health Pathology/University of Sydney
Upscaling the success of emerging mosquito control technologies relies on automating the rearing and release of millions of mosquitoes. Australia is to become the testing ground for a novel strategy.
Honeybees aren’t the only wildlife affected by pesticides – wild bees and butterflies also feel the effect.
Wild bee image from www.shutterstock.com
Two new studies have linked controversial pesticides neonicotinoides to wild bee and butterfly declines.
Head lice are an itchy problem to solve. But don’t panic, there are alternatives to insecticides.
New research confirms what many parents already know: head lice are getting harder to kill. How else can we control these itchy pests plaguing our playgrounds?
Bednet insecticides should kill mosquitoes on contact, but some have become highly resistant to the chemicals.
Anopheles Gambiae, one of three mosquitoes found in Africa that transmit malaria.
The irritating buzz that rings in your ear in the dead of the night comes from an insect barely traceable with your naked eye. Here are a few facts worth knowing about the mosquito.
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.
Insecticide resistance is a growing problem… one that is leading to novel soultions.
Recent news around the world has focused on the dangers of antibiotic resistance. But what of another type of resistance which can also have a huge impact on the population: that to insecticides? Antibiotic…
A far-from-mellow yellow.
Perhaps I was naive, but when I discovered the extent of the chemical soup applied to typical fields I was astonished. As part of our ongoing investigations into the impact of pesticides on bees, we looked…
The venom from this tarantula was used to isolate a potent but environmentally friendly insecticide.
Margaret C. Hardy
Insecticide resistance is the quieter, lesser-known relative of antibiotic resistance. Anyone who has been to a hospital recently knows about antibiotic resistant bacteria. But how many people think about…
Australian tarantula venom has been found to be more potent against certain insect pests than existing man made chemical…
Pesticide levels considered ‘environmentally protective’ are still having a catastrophic effect on insect invertebrates like dragonflies, the study showed.
Pesticide levels considered environmentally friendly in Europe and Australia are, in fact, having a devastating effect on…
Recent studies conducted by University of Pittsburg researchers have shown that wood frog populations close to farm fields…