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Trichogramma wasps are tiny parasitoids of lepidopteran eggs, used extensively for biological control. They are often infected with the bacterial symbiont Wolbachia, which converts Trichogramma to an asexual mode of reproduction, whereby females develop from unfertilized...

["Ecology","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2943v1
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A salivary gland salivation stimulating peptide was identified from the salivary glands of the migratory locust by its ability to stimulate cAMP production in the same tissue. The gene coding for this peptide has recently been shown to code for a precursor consisting...

["Agricultural Science","Biochemistry","Entomology","Neuroscience","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2940v1
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Texas is the second largest state in the United States of America, and the largest state in the contiguous USA at nearly 700,000 sq. km. Several Texas bumble bee species have shown evidence of declines in portions of their continental ranges, and conservation initiatives...

["Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Entomology","Environmental Sciences"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2932v1
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The use of insects as indicators of postmortem displacement is discussed in many text, courses and TV shows, and several studies addressing this issue have been published. However, the concept is widely cited but poorly understood, and only a few forensic cases...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Entomology","Public Health"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2934v1
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Background British mosquito population distribution, abundance, species composition and potential for mosquito disease transmission are intimately linked to the physical environment. The presence of ponds and water storage can significantly increase the density...

["Ecology","Entomology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2895v1
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Outdoor transmission of malaria and other vector borne diseases remains a problem. Suitable methods for assessing vector density are required and a number of tent-traps, for the collection for outdoor biting mosquitoes, have recently been developed. Only one such...

["Ecology","Entomology","Epidemiology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2892v1
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Insecticidal crystal (Cry) proteins produced by the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) target cells in the midgut epithelium of susceptible larvae. While the mode of action of Cry toxins has been extensively investigated, the midgut response to Cry intoxication...

["Entomology","Microbiology","Histology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2878v1
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Historically, handling insects has usually involved their being killed, but non-lethal approaches are necessary when evaluating the biology of such organisms. Anesthesia has been used as one of these non-lethal approaches. Two common anesthetics used in this way...

["Entomology","Toxicology","Anaesthesiology and Pain Management"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2874v1
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Background. Litchi stink-bug, Tessaratoma papillosa Drury (Hemiptera: Tessaratomidae) is a major pest on litchi and longan in Southern China. It is urgent to develop valid biological agent for control the pest and improve IPM strategy on orchard farming. Entomopathogenic...

["Agricultural Science","Entomology","Microbiology","Toxicology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2851v1
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Given the rapid population decline and recent petition for listing of the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus L.) under the Endangered Species Act, an accurate estimate of the Eastern, migratory population size is needed. Because of difficulty in counting individual...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Entomology","Mathematical Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2832v1
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Symbiotic bacteria are common in insects and can affect various aspects of their hosts’ biology. Although the effects of insect symbionts have been clarified for various insect symbiosis models, due to the difficulty of cultivating them in vitro, there is still...

["Cell Biology","Entomology","Microbiology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2799v1
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Fertilizer with different ration of nitrogen (N) to phosphorus (P) could influence performance of plants including crops and vegetables. Spodoptera exigua is an important agriculture pest that has caused serious economic loss especially recent decades. In the present...

["Entomology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2784v1
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Background. The red gum lerp psyllid Glycaspis brimblecombei Moore (Hemiptera: Psyllidae), an eucalypt insect pest from Australia, was reported in Brazil in 2003. This study evaluated damage patterns of this pest and the parasitism rates of Psyllaephagus bliteus...

["Agricultural Science","Entomology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2783v1
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Urbanization is an increasingly pervasive form of land transformation that reduces biodiversity of many taxonomic groups. Beetles exhibit a broad range of responses to urbanization, likely due to the high functional diversity in this order. Carrion beetles (Order:...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Entomology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2481v2
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1. The elevational gradient in plant defense (EGPD) hypothesis posits that natural enemy pressures increase positively alongside temperature across elevational climatic gradients, thereby selecting for enhanced defenses at lower elevations while leaving plants...

["Ecology","Entomology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2733v1
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