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Study finds parallels between unresponsive honey bees, autism in humans

Socially unresponsive bees share something fundamental with autistic humans, new research finds.

Team nebulizes aphids to knock down gene expression

The soybean aphid is tiny, about the size of a pollen grain, but an infestation can cause soybean losses of up to 40 percent, studies reveal.

Study suggests commercial bumble bee industry amplified a fungal pathogen

Scientists hoping to explain widespread declines in wild bumble bee populations have conducted the first long-term genetic study of Nosema bombi, a key fungal pathogen of honey bees and bumble bees.

Documentary featuring entomologist May Berenbaum debuts on BTN

Computer artist Donna Cox, left, entomologist May Berenbaum, center, and athlete Jean Driscoll were featured in the Big Ten Network documentary "Making Their Mark."

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.