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Entomology

New antifungal compound from ant farms

Attine ants are farmers, and they grow fungus as food. Pseudonocardia and Streptomyces bacteria are their farmhands, producing metabolites that protect the crop from pathogens. Surprisingly, these metabolites lack common structural…

No insect crisis in the Arctic – yet

A new study shows that rare insects are declining in the Arctic, suggesting that climatic changes may favour common species.Credit: Photo: Rikke R. Hansen Climate change is more pronounced in the Arctic than anywhere else on…

Climate change doesn’t spare the smallest

Changing conditions have taken a toll on insects in the tropics, according to research by University of Pennsylvania biologists Daniel Janzen and Winnie Hallwachs In a normal year, biologists Daniel Janzen and Winnie Hallwachs spend about…

A fly’s eye view of evolution

Research team led by Göttingen University investigates molecular basis of eye size variation in insectsCredit: Georg Bullinger The fascinating compound eyes of insects consist of hundreds of individual eyes known as "facets". In the…