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Cages full of hand reared yellow fever mosquitoes await research (or possibly release) Cameron Webb, NSW Health Pathology/University of Sydney

Pitting mozzies against mozzies to stop the spread of disease

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.
Head lice are an itchy problem to solve. But don’t panic, there are alternatives to insecticides. Cameron Webb

Here’s how you beat ‘indestructible’ head lice

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?
Anopheles Gambiae, one of three mosquitoes found in Africa that transmit malaria. shutterstock

Seven things worth knowing about mosquitoes

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.
Insecticide resistance is a growing problem… one that is leading to novel soultions. tpmartins/Flickr

Resistance shapes the discovery of new insecticides

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. Owen Humphreys/PA

Revealed: the chemical blitz bees face in fields

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

Tarantula venom: a new selective, effective edible insecticide

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…
Pesticide levels considered ‘environmentally protective’ are still having a catastrophic effect on insect invertebrates like dragonflies, the study showed.

Even ‘environmentally protective’ levels of pesticide devastate insect biodiversity

Pesticide levels considered environmentally friendly in Europe and Australia are, in fact, having a devastating effect on…

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