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Trap-jaw ants jump with their jaws to escape the antlions den

The trap-jaw can increase its survival by jumping with its spring-loaded jaws.

Survival gardening education goes global via cellphones

Animated videos teach “survival gardening.” From left: Carl Burkybile, agricultural director of Healing Hands International, worked with entomology professor Barry Pittendrigh, animator Benjamin Blalock, Center for African Studies assistant director Julia Bello-Bravo and animator Anna Perez Sabater to develop the videos, which HHI distributes around the world.

Long-term nitrogen fertilizer use disrupts plant-microbe mutualisms

University of Illinois plant biology professor Katy Heath and her colleagues found that long-term nitrogen fertilizer use disrupts the mutually beneficial relationship between legumes and soil microbes.

Entomology professor May Berenbaum receives National Medal of Science

Entomology professor May Berenbaum received a National Medal of Science award from President Obama at a White House ceremony Nov. 20.