Scientists home in on insect genome to debug sick plants

17 June, 2011 by (comments)

Pesticides that target only disease-vectors and not beneficial pollinating insects could be the outcome of a new genome-sequencing initiative, the BBC reports. The 5000 Insect and Other Arthropod Genome initiative, initiated by scientists from several important public and private research institutes from the US and the UK, aims to sequence the genomes of 5000 insects and other arthropods primarilyRead More …

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Insects: protein of the future?

16 March, 2011 by (comments)

A pioneering research center for investigating the best ways to farm and cook certain insects has been opened at the National University of Laos in Vientiane as part of broader national plans to tackle food insecurity, SciDev reports.   The FAO-sponsored project aims to help formalize insect farming as a food industry nationally and abroad, looking especially at how theyRead More …

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