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February 20, 2019

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February 20, 2019

Plants Can Skip the Middlemen to Directly Recognize Disease-Causing Fungi

Feb. 19, 2019 — Scientists have revealed that direct physical associations between plant immune proteins and fungal molecules are widespread during attempted infection. The authors' findings run counter to ... read more

Diagnostic Tool for Detecting Cryptosporidium

Feb. 14, 2019 — Using a small and inexpensive biosensor, researchers have developed a novel low-cost technique that quickly and accurately detects cryptosporidium contamination in water ... read more

What Happens When Sand Fleas Burrow in Your Skin?

Feb. 7, 2019 — Tungiasis, a tropical disease associated with poverty, is caused by the penetration of female sand fleas into a person's skin, usually in their toes or feet. Researchers report five cases of ... read more

Viral Communications Hacking Boosts Leishmania Infections

Feb. 7, 2019 — New research has found that a virus infecting the Leishmania parasite spreads by exploiting a mechanism used for cell-to-cell communication, a discovery that could pave the way to new vaccines ... read more

Feb. 6, 2019 — A new study examines the nutritional preferences of diverse insect communities from Texas to Minnesota. The team conducted 54 experiments in both grazed and ungrazed grasslands to determine the salt ... read more

Culprit Found for Honeybee Deaths in California Almond Groves

Feb. 4, 2019 — 'Fungicides, often needed for crop protection, are routinely used during almond bloom, but in many cases growers were also adding insecticides to the mix. Our research shows that some ... read more

Biotechnology to the Rescue of Brussels Sprouts

Feb. 4, 2019 — An international team has identified the genes that make these plants resistant to the pathogen that attacks crops belonging to the cabbage family all over the ... read more

Jan. 31, 2019 — Disrupting two genes involved in the preservation of RNA molecules inhibits the ability of the male form of the malaria parasite to mature and be transmitted from human blood into mosquitoes, ... read more

An Unexpected Mode of Action for an Antibody

Jan. 31, 2019 — Visualizing how some patients successfully fought off deadly coronaviruses could pave the way to combat these respiratory infections, new research ... read more

Jan. 31, 2019 — In a context of overuse of insecticides, which leads to the selection of resistant mosquitoes, it is already known that this resistance to insecticides affects interactions between mosquitoes and the ... read more

Jan. 31, 2019 — New research by the Threatened Species Recovery Hub has identified the top 100 Australian plant species at risk of extinction. Three quarters of Australia's threatened species are ... read more

Jan. 29, 2019 — The salivary glands of some tick species could become important research tools for studying how viruses are transmitted from ticks to mammals, and for developing preventive medical countermeasures. ... read more

'Bug Bombs' Are Ineffective Killing Roaches Indoors

Jan. 27, 2019 — Total release foggers, commonly known as 'bug bombs,' are ineffective at removing cockroaches from indoor environments, according to a new study. Bug-bomb chemicals fail to reach places ... read more

Scientists Discover Ebola Virus in West African Bat

Jan. 24, 2019 — Scientists announced the first finding of Zaire ebolavirus in a bat in West Africa, adding to other evidence suggesting bats serve as a natural wildlife reservoir for Ebola and other related ... read more

Plants Can Smell, Now Researchers Know How

Jan. 23, 2019 — Plants don't need noses to smell. The ability is in their genes. Researchers have discovered the first steps of how information from odor molecules changes gene expression in plants. ... read more

Urbanization Changes Shape of Mosquitoes' Wings

Jan. 22, 2019 — Research shows that rapid urbanization in São Paulo City, Brazil, is influencing wing morphology in the mosquitoes that transmit dengue and ... read more

To Halt Malaria Transmission, More Research Focused on Human Behavior Needed

Jan. 22, 2019 — Wherever possible, researchers should not just focus on mosquito behavior when working to eliminate malaria, but must also consider how humans behave at night when the risk of being bitten by an ... read more

Leaf Age Determines the Division of Labor in Plant Stress Responses

Jan. 21, 2019 — A new study shows that the crosstalk between plant responses to physical and biological stresses varies between young and old leaves to enable optimal plant performance when the two kinds of stress ... read more

Jan. 21, 2019 — New research on the United States' most economically important agricultural plant -- corn -- has revealed a different internal structure of the plant than previously thought, which can help ... read more

Jan. 16, 2019 — A cellular protein that interacts with invading viruses appears to help enable the infection process of the Zika virus, according to researchers who suggest this protein could be a key target in ... read more

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