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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922836/a-novel-method-for-full-locomotion-compensation-of-an-untethered-walking-insect
#1
Shunsuke Shigaki, Shunpei Fukushima, Daisuke Kurabayashi, Takeshi Sakurai, Ryohei Kanzaki
In this study, we developed a novel unfixed-type experimental system that we call a '3-DOF servosphere.' This system comprises one sphere and three omniwheels that support the sphere. The measurement method is very simple. An experimental animal is placed on top of the sphere. The position and heading angle of the animal are observed by using a high-speed camera installed above the sphere. Because the system can rotate the sphere with three degrees of freedom (DOFs) independently, the position and heading angle at the origin can be maintained without fixing the body...
December 6, 2016: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918417/efficacy-of-nitric-oxide-fumigation-for-controlling-codling-moth-in-apples
#2
Yong-Biao Liu, Xiangbing Yang, Gregory Simmons
Nitric oxide (NO) fumigation under ultralow oxygen (ULO) conditions was studied for its efficacy in controlling codling moth and effects on postharvest quality of apples. NO fumigation was effective against eggs and larvae of different sizes on artificial diet in 48 h treatments. Small larvae were more susceptible to nitric oxide than other stages at 0.5% NO concentration. There were no significant differences among life stages at 1.0% to 2.0% NO concentrations. In 24 h treatments of eggs, 3.0% NO fumigation at 2 °C achieved 100% egg mortality...
December 2, 2016: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917066/review-of-the-genus-genaemirum-heinrich-hymenoptera-ichneumonidae-ichneumoninae-with-interactive-identification-keys-to-species
#3
Pascal Rousse, Gavin R Broad, Simon van Noort
We describe Genaemirum phagocossorum Rousse, Broad & van Noort, sp. n., a new ichneumonine parasitoid wasp reared from Eucalyptus nitens logs infested by the cossid moth Coryphodema tristis, which is considered a major pest of forestry and food crops in South Africa. This is the first plausible host association for the genus, and fits with the host association predictions of Heinrich. Two further undescribed species were found in the collections of the Natural History Museum in London and are described as Genaemirum phacochoerus Broad, Rousse & van Noort, sp...
2016: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916614/the-phylogenetic-relationship-and-cross-infection-of-nucleopolyhedroviruses-between-the-invasive-winter-moth-operophtera-brumata-and-its-native-congener-bruce-spanworm-o-bruceata
#4
Hannah J Broadley, Matthew Boucher, John P Burand, Joseph S Elkinton
Disease can affect biological invasions by acting as either a synergist or antagonist. Disease-mediated invasions have important implications for understanding the spread of invasive insects, which cost billions of dollars in damages annually. One such non-native, destructive insect is the winter moth, Operophtera brumata L. (Lepidoptera: Geometridae), which causes defoliation and mortality of deciduous trees in its introduced range. In the northeastern United States, winter moth populations overlap with a native congener, Bruce spanworm, Operophtera bruceata Hulst...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916524/gain-and-loss-of-floral-scent-production-through-changes-in-structural-genes-during-pollinator-mediated-speciation
#5
Avichai Amrad, Michel Moser, Therese Mandel, Michel de Vries, Robert C Schuurink, Loreta Freitas, Cris Kuhlemeier
The interactions of plants with their pollinators are thought to be a driving force in the evolution of angiosperms. Adaptation to a new pollinator involves coordinated changes in multiple floral traits controlled by multiple genes. Surprisingly, such complex genetic shifts have happened numerous times during evolution. Here we report on the genetic basis of the changes in one such trait, floral scent emission, in the genus Petunia (Solanaceae). The increase in the quantity and complexity of the volatiles during the shift from bee to hawkmoth pollination was due to de novo expression of the genes encoding benzoic acid/salicylic acid carboxyl methyltransferase (BSMT) and benzoyl-CoA:benzylalcohol/2-phenylethanol benzoyltransferase (BPBT) together with moderately increased transcript levels for most enzymes of the phenylpropanoid/benzenoid pathway...
November 22, 2016: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916038/-mid-to-long-term-outcomes-of-cervical-disc-arthroplasty-for-symptomatic-cervical-disc-disease-a-meta-analysis
#6
S L Kan, B Yang, G Z Ning, S J Gao, J C Sun, S Q Feng
Objective: To compare the benefits and harms of cervical disc arthroplasty (CDA) with anterior cervical discectomy and fusion(ACDF) for symptomatic cervical disc disease at mid- to long-term follow-up. Methods: Electronic searches were made in PubMed, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Library for randomized controlled trials with at least 48 moths follow-up.Outcomes were reported as relative risk or standardized mean difference.Meta-analysis was carried out using Revman version 5.3 and Stata version 12.0. Results: Seven trials were included, involving 2 302 participants...
December 1, 2016: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914919/expressing-a-moth-abcc2-gene-in-transgenic-drosophila-causes-susceptibility-to-bt-cry1ac-without-requiring-a-cadherin-like-protein-receptor
#7
Tristan Stevens, Sisi Song, John B Bruning, Amanda Choo, Simon W Baxter
Bt toxins ingested by insect pests can bind to midgut receptors and cause death, although several steps in this process remain unclear. Multiple Bt toxin receptors have been identified in Lepidoptera, including a cadherin-like protein (CaLP), which is central to several models explaining Bt toxins' mode of action. Mutations in the Plutella xylostella ATP-dependent binding cassette transporter C2 (Px-abcc2), rather than CaLP, are genetically linked with Bt Cry1Ac resistance. Here we expressed Px-abcc2 in Drosophila and performed larval bioassays to determine whether this protein acts as an effective Bt receptor...
November 30, 2016: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913454/the-anti-bat-strategy-of-ultrasound-absorption-the-wings-of-nocturnal-moths-bombycoidea-saturniidae-absorb-more-ultrasound-than-the-wings-of-diurnal-moths-chalcosiinae-zygaenoidea-zygaenidae
#8
Athanasios Ntelezos, Francesco Guarato, James F C Windmill
The selection pressure from echolocating bats has driven the development of a diverse range of anti-bat strategies in insects. For instance, several studies have proposed that the wings of some moths absorb a large portion of the sound energy contained in a bat's ultrasonic cry; as a result, the bat receives a dampened echo, and the moth becomes invisible to the bat. To test the hypothesis that greater exposure to bat predation drives the development of higher ultrasound absorbance, we used a small reverberation chamber to measure the ultrasound absorbance of the wings of nocturnal (Bombycoidea: Saturniidae) and diurnal moths (Chalcosiinae: Zygaenoidea: Zygaenidae)...
December 2, 2016: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912015/invasion-in-patchy-landscapes-is-affected-by-dispersal-mortality-and-mate-finding-failure
#9
Jonathan A Walter, Ariel L Firebaugh, Patrick C Tobin, Kyle J Haynes
Range expansions are a function of population growth and dispersal, and nascent populations often must overcome demographic Allee effects (positive density dependence at low population densities) driven by factors such as mate-finding failure. Given the importance of individual movement to mate finding, links between landscape structure and movement may be critical to range expansion; however, landscape effects on other factors including mortality may be equally or more important. In one of the most comprehensive investigations of the interactions of these processes to date, we combined field experiments, simulation modeling, and analysis of empirical spread patterns to investigate how landscape structure affected the spread of the gypsy moth in Virginia and West Virginia...
December 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909855/conifer-monoterpene-chemistry-during-an-outbreak-enhances-consumption-and-immune-response-of-an-eruptive-folivore
#10
Amy M Trowbridge, M Deane Bowers, Russell K Monson
Changes in the chemical composition of plant defense compounds during herbivory can impact herbivore resource allocation patterns and thereby herbivore survival, growth, and immune response against endoparasitoid infection. Few studies have investigated folivore responses to changes in plant chemistry that occur under outbreak conditions in mature conifer systems. Using data from an earlier observational field study, we carried out laboratory bioassays to test how variation in monoterpenes in piñon pine trees (Pinus edulis, Pinaceae) during an outbreak affects growth, consumption, and immune response of a specialist herbivore, the Southwestern tiger moth (Lophocampa ingens, Arctiidae)...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902778/an-insecticide-further-enhances-experience-dependent-increased-behavioural-responses-to-sex-pheromone-in-a-pest-insect
#11
Antoine Abrieux, Amel Mhamdi, Kaouther K Rabhi, Julie Egon, Stéphane Debernard, Line Duportets, Hélène Tricoire-Leignel, Sylvia Anton, Christophe Gadenne
Neonicotinoid insecticides are widely used to protect plants against pest insects, and insecticide residues remaining in the environment affect both target and non-target organisms. Whereas low doses of neonicotinoids have been shown to disturb the behaviour of pollinating insects, recent studies have revealed that a low dose of the neonicotinoid clothianidin can improve behavioural and neuronal sex pheromone responses in a pest insect, the male moth Agrotis ipsilon, and thus potentially improve reproduction...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902257/acinetobacter-larvae-sp-nov-isolated-from-the-larval-gut-of-omphisa-fuscidentalis
#12
Song Liu, Yanwei Wang, Zhiyong Ruan, Kedong Ma, Bo Wu, Yansheng Xu, Jingli Wang, Yang You, Mingxiong He, Guoquan Hu
A Gram-stain-negative, non-spore-forming, non-motile, and aerobic coccobacilli shaped strain, designated BRTC-1T, was isolated from the gut of Omphisa fuscidentalis Hampson, which is a larva of a moth and was collected from Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture in China. The isolate was found to grow at NaCl concentrations of 0-5 % (w/v) (optimum: 0 %), 10-45 ℃ (optimum: 30-35 ℃) and pH 5.0-9.0 (optimum: 6.0) on TSA. Analysis of the 16S rRNA gene sequence indicated that the isolate belongs to the genus Acinetobacter and most closely related to Acinetobacter rudis LMG 26107T, Acinetobacter guillouiae LMG 988T and Acinetobacter bereziniae LMG 1003T with 96...
November 8, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900825/fungal-infection-dynamics-in-response-to-temperature-in-the-lepidopteran-insect-galleria-mellonella
#13
Vadim Y Kryukov, Olga N Yaroslavtseva, Miranda M A Whitten, Maksim V Tyurin, Katherine J Ficken, Carolyn Greig, Nadja R Melo, Viktor V Glupov, Ivan M Dubovskiy, Tariq M Butt
This study examines how the dynamics of fungus - insect interactions can be modulated by temperature. The wax moth, Galleria mellonella, is a well-studied and important model insect whose larvae in the wild develop optimally at around 34°C in beehives. However, surprisingly little research on wax moths has been conducted at relevant temperatures. In this study, the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium robertsii inflicted rapid and substantial mortality on wax moth larvae maintained at a constant temperature of 24°C, but at 34°C a ten-fold higher dose was required to achieve an equivalent mortality...
November 29, 2016: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898001/potential-for-using-acetic-acid-plus-pear-ester-combination-lures-to-monitor-codling-moth-in-an-sit-program
#14
Gary J R Judd
Studies were conducted in commercial apple orchards in British Columbia, Canada, to determine whether lures combining ethyl-(E,Z)-2,4-decadienoate, pear ester (PE), with either acetic acid (AA) or sex pheromone, (E,E)-8,10-dodecadien-1-ol (codlemone), might improve monitoring of codling moth, Cydia pomonella (L.), in an area-wide programme integrating sterile insect technology (SIT) and mating disruption (MD). Catches of sterile and wild codling moths were compared in apple orchards receiving weekly delivery of sterile moths (1:1 sex ratio) using white delta traps baited with either AA or PE alone, and in combination...
November 25, 2016: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897110/identification-of-tyrosine-kinase-src-responsible-for-antimicrobial-peptides-production-in-bombyx-mori
#15
Xianyang Li, Xiaoting Hua, Liang Song, Qingyou Xia, Fei Wang
Src is a non-receptor protein tyrosine kinase ubiquitously expressed in animals. It is involved in various cellular processes, including the innate immune response in mammals. However, less is known about the function of insect Src. Here we presented a homologue of Src in silkworm (Bombyx mori), named as BmSrc by phylogenetic analysis, homologous comparison and domain prediction. BmSrc contains the conserved phosphorylation residues and possesses tyrosine kinase activity. The expression pattern of BmSrc mRNA was specific in stages and tissues...
November 29, 2016: Protein and Peptide Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892474/caterpillar-induced-plant-volatiles-attract-conspecific-adults-in-nature
#16
Ashraf M El-Sayed, Alan L Knight, John A Byers, Gary J R Judd, David M Suckling
Plants release volatiles in response to caterpillar feeding that attract natural enemies of the herbivores, a tri-trophic interaction which has been considered an indirect plant defence against herbivores. The caterpillar-induced plant volatiles have been reported to repel or attract conspecific adult herbivores. To date however, no volatile signals that either repel or attract conspecific adults under field conditions have been chemically identified. Apple seedlings uniquely released seven compounds including acetic acid, acetic anhydride, benzyl alcohol, benzyl nitrile, indole, 2-phenylethanol, and (E)-nerolidol only when infested by larvae of the light brown apple moth, Epiphyas postvittana...
November 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887946/inhibition-of-eicosanoid-signaling-leads-to-increased-lipid-peroxidation-in-a-host-parasitoid-system
#17
Ender Büyükgüzel, Meltem Erdem, Hasan Tunaz, Ceyhun Küçük, Utku Can Atılgan, David Stanley, Kemal Büyükgüzel
We posed the hypothesis that inhibition of eicosanoid biosynthesis leads to increased lipid peroxidation in insects. Here we report that rearing the greater wax moth, Galleria mellonella, on media supplemented with selected inhibitors of eicosanoid biosynthesis throughout the larval, pupal and adult life led to major alterations in selected oxidative and antioxidative parameters of wax moth and its ectoparasitoid, Bracon hebetor. The highest dietary dexamethasone (Dex), esculetin (Esc) and phenidone (Phe) led to increased malondialdehyde (MDA) levels and to elevated catalase (CAT) and glutathione-S-transferase (GST) activities in all developmental stages of host larvae...
November 23, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886233/apparent-power-law-scaling-of-variable-range-hopping-conduction-in-carbonized-polymer-nanofibers
#18
Kyung Ho Kim, Samuel Lara-Avila, Hojin Kang, Hans He, Johnas Eklӧf, Sung Ju Hong, Min Park, Kasper Moth-Poulsen, Satoshi Matsushita, Kazuo Akagi, Sergey Kubatkin, Yung Woo Park
We induce dramatic changes in the structure of conducting polymer nanofibers by carbonization at 800 °C and compare charge transport properties between carbonized and pristine nanofibers. Despite the profound structural differences, both types of systems display power law dependence of current with voltage and temperature, and all measurements can be scaled into a single universal curve. We analyze our experimental data in the framework of variable range hopping and argue that this mechanism can explain transport properties of pristine polymer nanofibers as well...
November 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885606/using-galleria-mellonella-as-an-infection-model-for-campylobacter-jejuni-pathogenesis
#19
Momen Askoura, Alain Stintzi
Nonmammalian model systems of infection have been employed recently to study bacterial virulence. For instance, Galleria mellonella (the greater wax moth) has been shown to be susceptible to infection by many bacterial pathogens including the enteric pathogen Campylobacter jejuni. In contrast to the traditional animal models for C. jejuni such as the chick colonization model and ferret diarrheal model, the Galleria mellonella infection model has the advantages of lower cost, ease of use and no animal breeding is required...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883266/silencing-of-ecdysone-receptor-insect-intestinal-mucin-and-sericotropin-genes-by-bacterially-produced-double-stranded-rna-affects-larval-growth-and-development-in-plutella-xylostella-and-helicoverpa-armigera
#20
B Israni, M V Rajam
RNA interference mediated gene silencing, which is triggered by double-stranded RNA (dsRNA), has become a important tool for functional genomics studies in various systems, including insects. Bacterially produced dsRNA employs the use of a bacterial strain lacking in RNaseIII activity and harbouring a vector with dual T7 promoter sites, which allow the production of intact dsRNA molecules. Here, we report an assessment of the functional relevance of the ecdysone receptor, insect intestinal mucin and sericotropin genes through silencing by dsRNA in two lepidopteran insect pests, Helicoverpa armigera and Plutella xylostella, both of which cause serious crop losses...
November 24, 2016: Insect Molecular Biology
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