Navigation Links
Hanging baskets of sex and death help fruit growers

A hanging basket style device is at the heart of a plan by researchers at the University of Warwick to harness the sex drive of a major pest of fruit orchards as a weapon to spread a virus to kill that very same pest. The device allows growers to selectively target the pest with a virus that kills its larvae without killing other beneficial insects.

The researchers at Warwick HRI, the horticultural research arm of the University of Warwick, have devised a hanging basket style dispenser full of a virus known to kill the larvae of codling moth. The dispenser is designed to protect the virus from the elements and also includes a strong source of codling moth pheromone. The pheromone draws in the moth hoping for a sexual encounter and the insect leaves frustrated but covered in the virus which it then passes on to other moths when it does manage to have an actual encounter with another real moth. This results in direct contamination of eggs laid by the pest or contamination of the site where the moth lays its eggs. The larvae are killed after eating the virus on the egg or plant surface. This brings two key benefits to fruit growers:

An end to spraying - Normally Growers wishing to use this form of virus warfare have to spray almost every element of an orchard to ensure the moths come into contact with virus. This is wasteful both of time and resources. By this method the moth themselves spread the virus in a very targeted way to other moths and prevents loss of populations of other beneficial insects such as the red spider mite which would occur if growers used pesticides.

Extended virus life - The virus does not fare well in direct sunlight. Growers who currently spray the virus find it quickly becomes ineffective and it has to re-sprayed several times in order to control the pests. By placing the virus in dispensers with a cover that shields the virus supply from direct sunlight one application of virus could serve for an extended period
'"/>

Source:University of Warwick


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Combination therapy boosts effectiveness of telomere-directed cancer cell death
2. Enzyme allows B cells to resist death, leading to leukemia
3. Critical role in programmed cell death identified
4. A comprehensive response to HIV could prevent 10 million AIDS deaths in Africa by 2020
5. The death of a very special chimpanzee
6. The very unexpected life and death of a leukemic cell
7. Solutions that reduce death of marine life reeled in by International Smart Gear Competition
8. Emergence of cancer as major cause of childhood death in developing countries is not being adequately addressed
9. UT Southwestern researchers discover master switch in cell death
10. Prescription pain patch abuse blamed for increase in deaths
11. Continued reduction in the number of drug-related deaths in the UK
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Hanging baskets sex and death help fruit growers

(Date:9/18/2014)... to acquire and creatively manipulate spoken language is unique ... past 6 million years of human evolution to make ... best candidate gene we now have," says Wolfgang Enard, ... his efforts to understand the molecular biological basis of ... The results of his latest study, undertaken in collaboration ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... built the first smartphone app that automatically reveals ... In other words, your smartphone knows your state ... and how that affects you. , The StudentLife ... loneliness to their academic performance, also may be ... to monitor mental health, trigger intervention and improve ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... ALEXANDRIA, Va.Sept. 18, 2014Many Americans across racial and ... the greatest impact on their day-to-day life, more ... memory, hearing and speech (57% of African-Americans, 49% ... of Hispanics). When asked which disease or ailment ... blindness ranked first among African-Americans followed by AIDS/HIV. ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Language evolution: Quicker on the uptake 2Language evolution: Quicker on the uptake 3New Dartmouth smartphone app reveals users' mental health, performance, behavior 2New Dartmouth smartphone app reveals users' mental health, performance, behavior 3New Dartmouth smartphone app reveals users' mental health, performance, behavior 4Americans rate losing eyesight as having greatest impact on their lives 2Americans rate losing eyesight as having greatest impact on their lives 3
... A team of researchers at the University of ... boardroom in an effort to build a business based ... The work of Claus Tittiger, professor of ... a highly competitive and intense National Science Foundation business-validation ...
... years of research at the Institute of Food Research, ... by food and drug companies worldwide. , IFR and ... secured funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research ... to validate and improve how well it simulates the ...
... Pompeu Fabra University (Spain) have created a high resolution atlas ... The study demonstrates that an average image of an organ ... of comparing individual cases and differentiating healthy forms from pathologies. ... heart and its components such as the ventricles and ...
Cached Biology News:Insect research heads down path to start-up company with NSF I-Corps program 2Insect research heads down path to start-up company with NSF I-Corps program 3Commercial future for Model Gut 2An atlas of the human heart is drawn using statistics 2
(Date:9/19/2014)... , Sept. 19, 2014 Pfenex Inc. (NYSE ... development of high-value and difficult to manufacture proteins including ... at the 21 st Annual NewsMakers in the ... . Bertrand Liang , chief executive officer of ... programs and business strategy on Friday, September 26, 2014 ...
(Date:9/19/2014)... (PRWEB) September 19, 2014 Cereal ... food industries will gather October 5–8, 2014, for ... Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island. ... the work of food scientists, chemists, microbiologists, nutritionists, ... and food production management. To date, 1,000 attendees ...
(Date:9/19/2014)... The new , Healthcare and Life ... today on PharmaBoardroom.com for free download , ... the Spanish economy in 2009, and the austerity measures that ... pragmatic in times of trouble. "Despite the crisis, ... European market, and the general conditions to invest are favorable ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... About POCT POCT, ... clinical laboratory. It helps in making fast clinical ... medication. POCT is gaining popularity due to the ... as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. It is ... to minimize errors during the diagnosis of patients. ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Pfenex to Present at Upcoming Industry Conference on September 26 2Latest Research on Cereal Grain Quality, Health Benefits and Food Production to be Presented During the AACC International Annual Meeting 2Latest Research on Cereal Grain Quality, Health Benefits and Food Production to be Presented During the AACC International Annual Meeting 3PharmaBoardroom Releases New Spain Pharmaceuticals Report 2PharmaBoardroom Releases New Spain Pharmaceuticals Report 3POCT Market in China 2014-2018 2
... - Third Wave Technologies, Inc ., has reported a ... thanks in part to higher clinical molecular diagnostic revenue during the ... quarter compared favorably to a net loss of $7.4 million, or ... stock compensation costs factored in, the company's third-quarter net loss improved ...
... Wis. - Virent Energy Systems, Inc. has ... Department of Agriculture and the Department of Energy ... of biodiesel production, into a renewable chemical called propylene glycol. ... USDA-DOE Biomass Research and Development Initiative , which was ...
... place in the telecom industry. Not an evolution - ... is being driven by technological advances that, in turn, drive ... in turn, create hyper-competition among long established and brand new ... with others in the value chain. , ,Consumers ...
Cached Biology Technology:Third Wave reports $5.2M third quarter loss 2Virent lands $2M grant for chemical production 2No time for evolution in telecommunications 2No time for evolution in telecommunications 3No time for evolution in telecommunications 4
... Immunogen: purified recombinant human ... coli . Physical form: ... filtered solution in phosphate buffered ... (c). WB. Titertest ...
CKB Antibody (N-term) Antigen: This antibody is generated from rabbits immunized with a KLH conjugated synthetic peptide selected within aa 1~100 of human CKB. Molecular Weight: 42644 Da...
...
The antibody recognizes the peptide sequence ESESQGPK (aa 441-448) of human class III beta-tubulin specific for neurones....
Biology Products: