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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097048/effects-of-grazing-intensity-and-the-use-of-veterinary-medical-products-on-dung-beetle-biodiversity-in-the-sub-mountainous-landscape-of-central-italy
#1
Mattia Tonelli, José R Verdú, Mario E Zunino
Grazing extensification and intensification are among the main problems affecting European grasslands. We analyze the impact of grazing intensity (low and moderate) and the use of veterinary medical products (VMPs) on the dung beetle community in the province of Pesaro-Urbino (Italy). Grazing intensity is a key factor in explaining the diversity of dung beetles. In the case of the alpha diversity component, sites with a low level of grazing activity-related in a previous step to the subsequent abandonment of traditional farming-is characterized by a loss of species richness (q = 0) and a reduction in alpha diversity at the levels q = 1 and q = 2...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094878/characterization-of-cellulose-degrading-bacteria-from-the-larval-gut-of-the-white-grub-beetle-lepidiota-mansueta-coleoptera-scarabaeidae
#2
Gautam Handique, Amrita Phukan, Badal Bhattacharyya, Abu Adil Lutful Haque Baruah, Syed Wasifur Rahman, Rajen Baruah
The goal of this study is to identify and characterize the cellulose degrading microorganisms in the larval gut of the white grub beetle, Lepidiota mansueta. Thirty bacterial strains were isolated and tested for cellulolytic activity using soluble carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) degrading assays. Of these strains, five (FGB1, FB2, MB1, MB2, and HB1) degrade cellulose. Cellulolytic activity was determined based on formation of clear zone and cellulolytic index on CMC plate media. The highest cellulolytic index (2...
January 17, 2017: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093313/knockdown-of-nuclease-activity-in-the-gut-enhances-rnai-efficiency-in-the-colorado-potato-beetle-leptinotarsa-decemlineata-but-not-in-the-desert-locust-schistocerca-gregaria
#3
Jornt Spit, Annelies Philips, Niels Wynant, Dulce Santos, Geert Plaetinck, Jozef Vanden Broeck
The responsiveness towards orally delivered dsRNA and the potency of a subsequent environmental RNA interference (RNAi) response strongly differs between different insect species. While some species are very sensitive to dsRNA delivery through the diet, others are not. The underlying reasons for this may vary, but degradation of dsRNA by nucleases in the gut lumen is believed to play a crucial role. The Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata, is a voracious defoliator of potato crops worldwide, and is currently under investigation for novel control methods based on dsRNA treatments...
January 13, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091577/identification-of-wood-boring-beetles-cerambycidae-and-buprestidae-intercepted-in-trade-associated-solid-wood-packaging-material-using-dna-barcoding-and-morphology
#4
Yunke Wu, Nevada F Trepanowski, John J Molongoski, Peter F Reagel, Steven W Lingafelter, Hannah Nadel, Scott W Myers, Ann M Ray
Global trade facilitates the inadvertent movement of insect pests and subsequent establishment of populations outside their native ranges. Despite phytosanitary measures, nonnative insects arrive at United States (U.S.) ports of entry as larvae in solid wood packaging material (SWPM). Identification of wood-boring larval insects is important for pest risk analysis and management, but is difficult beyond family level due to highly conserved morphology. Therefore, we integrated DNA barcoding and rearing of larvae to identify wood-boring insects in SWPM...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079921/four-cases-of-exogenous-acral-pigmentation-related-to-a-darkeling-beetle-coleoptera-tenebrionidae-blaps
#5
S Mokni, L Boussofara, W Saidi, A Aounallah, C Belajouza, N Ghariani, R Nouira, M Denguezli
Beetle (coleoptera) is the largest insect order colonizing all continents 1-2. Most of the beetles synthesize hemolymph containing several chemicals used as signals or defensive secretions against predators 2. Coleoptera body fluids can accidentally come into contact with humans' skin and induce dermatitis. Skin contact with the beetles commonly causes blistering skin eruption 3. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
January 12, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078425/odorant-receptors-and-antennal-lobe-morphology-offer-a-new-approach-to-understanding-olfaction-in-the-asian-longhorned-beetle
#6
Robert F Mitchell, Loyal P Hall, Peter F Reagel, Duane D McKenna, Thomas C Baker, John G Hildebrand
The Asian longhorned beetle Anoplophora glabripennis (Motchulsky) is an exotic forest pest that has repeatedly invaded North America and Europe from Asia, and has the potential to kill millions of trees and cause billions of dollars in damage. Traps baited with an attractive mixture of volatile organic compounds from hosts have been of limited success in monitoring invasion sites. We propose that lures might be improved through studying the olfactory system of adult beetles, especially the gene family of odorant receptors (ORs) and the structure of the antennal lobes of the brain...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076392/arthropod-pest-control-for-uk-oilseed-rape-comparing-insecticide-efficacies-side-effects-and-alternatives
#7
Han Zhang, Tom Breeze, Alison Bailey, David Garthwaite, Richard Harrington, Simon G Potts
Oilseed rape (Brassica napus) is an important combinable break crop in the UK, which is largely protected from arthropod pests by insecticidal chemicals. Despite ongoing debate regarding the use of neonicotinoids, the dominant seed treatment ingredients used for this crop, there is little publicly available data comparing the efficacy of insecticides in controlling key arthropod pests or comparing the impacts on non-target species and the wider environment. To provide an insight into these matters, a UK-wide expert survey targeting agronomists and entomologists was conducted from March to June 2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074535/gene-ages-nomenclatures-and-functional-diversification-of-the-methuselah-methuselah-like-gpcr-family-in-drosophila-and-tribolium
#8
REVIEW
Markus Friedrich, Jeffery W Jones
Affecting lifespan regulation and oxidative stress resistance, the G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR) gene methuselah (mth) plays important roles in the life history of Drosophila melanogaster. Substantial progress has been made in elucidating the molecular pathways by which mth affects these traits, yet conflicting ideas exist as to how old these genetic interactions are as well as how old the mth gene itself is. Root to these issues is the complex gene family history of the Mth/Mthl GPCR family, which experienced independent expansions in a variety of animal clades, leading to at least six subfamilies in insects...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B, Molecular and Developmental Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074466/anatomical-organization-of-the-brain-of-a-diurnal-and-a-nocturnal-dung-beetle
#9
Esa-Ville Immonen, Marie Dacke, Stanley Heinze, Basil El Jundi
To avoid the fierce competition for food, South African ball-rolling dung beetles carve a piece of dung off a dung-pile, shape it into a ball and roll it away along a straight line path. For this unidirectional exit from the busy dung pile, at night and day, the beetles use a wide repertoire of celestial compass cues. This robust and relatively easily measurable orientation behavior has made ball-rolling dung beetles an attractive model organism for the study of the neuroethology behind insect orientation and sensory ecology...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074270/tree-leaf-litter-composition-drives-temporal-variation-in-aquatic-beetle-colonization-and-assemblage-structure-in-lentic-systems
#10
Matthew R Pintar, William J Resetarits
Tree leaf litter inputs to freshwater systems are a major resource and primary drivers of ecosystem processes and structure. Spatial variation in tree species distributions and forest composition control litter inputs across landscapes, but inputs to individual lentic habitat patches are determined by adjacent plant communities. In small, ephemeral, fishless ponds, resource quality and abundance can be the most important factor affecting habitat selection preferences of colonizing animals. We used a landscape of experimental mesocosms to assess how natural populations of aquatic beetles respond over time to variation in tree leaf litter composition (pine or hardwood)...
January 10, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073980/presence-and-prevalence-of-raffaelea-lauricola-cause-of-laurel-wilt-in-different-species-of-ambrosia-beetle-in-florida-usa
#11
Randy C Ploetz, Joshua L Konkol, Teresa Narvaez, Rita E Duncan, Ramon J Saucedo, Alina Campbell, Julio Mantilla, Daniel Carrillo, Paul E Kendra
We summarize the information available on ambrosia beetle species that have been associated in Florida with Raffaelea lauricola T.C. Harr., Fraedrich & Aghayeva, the primary symbiont of Xyleborus glabratus Eichhoff and cause of laurel wilt. In total, 14 species in Ambrosiodmus, Euwallacea, Premnobius, Xyleborus, Xyleborinus, and Xylosandrus were either reared from laurel wilt-affected host trees or trapped in laurel wilt-affected stands of the same, and assayed for R. lauricola In six collections from native species in the southeastern United States [Persea borbonia (L...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073979/effect-of-the-presence-of-live-or-dead-insects-on-subsequent-captures-of-six-stored-product-beetle-species-the-relative-species-matters
#12
Christos G Athanassiou, Nickolas G Kavallieratos, James F Campbell
In trapping programs prior capture of individuals of the same or different species may influence subsequent attractiveness of the trap. To evaluate this process with stored-product insects, the effect of the presence of dead or alive adults in traps on the behavioral responses of six stored-product insect species, Tribolium confusum Jacquelin du Val, T. castaneum (Herbst) (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae), Sitophilus oryzae (L.), S. granarius (L.) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), Oryzaephilus surinamensis (L.) and O...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073978/effects-of-bt-corn-and-egg-density-on-western-corn-rootworm-coleoptera-chrysomelidae-adult-emergence-and-estimation-of-effective-bt-dose
#13
L A Campbell, P L Prasifka, N P Storer, D M Rule, W H Hendrix
Since 2003, rootworm-protected transgenic corn has been commercially deployed in the United States as a principal method of control of western corn rootworm, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera LeConte. Durability of this technology depends partly on larval mortality ("dose") exerted by the traits, but density-dependent mortality can confound calculations of dose. Research reported here examined the effects of density-dependent mortality on adult emergence and estimates of trait dose. At sites in Illinois and Indiana, western corn rootworm eggs were infested at four densities on non-Bt corn and at a single density on corn hybrids with transgenic events MON 88017 (VT Triple PRO), DAS-59122-7 (Herculex Insect Protection), and MON 88017 × DAS-59122-7 (SmartStax corn)...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071706/fatty-acid-synthase-2-contributes-to-diapause-preparation-in-a-beetle-by-regulating-lipid-accumulation-and-stress-tolerance-genes-expression
#14
Qian-Qian Tan, Wen Liu, Fen Zhu, Chao-Liang Lei, Xiao-Ping Wang
Diapause, also known as dormancy, is a state of arrested development that allows insects to survive unfavorable environmental conditions. Diapause-destined insects store large amounts of fat when preparing for diapause. However, the extent to which these accumulated fat reserves influence diapause remains unclear. To address this question, we investigated the function of fatty acid synthase (FAS), which plays a central role in lipid synthesis, in stress tolerance, the duration of diapause preparation, and whether insects enter diapause or not...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070663/the-pygidial-gland-secretion-of-the-forest-caterpillar-hunter-calosoma-calosoma-sycophanta-the-antimicrobial-properties-against-human-pathogens
#15
REVIEW
Marija Nenadić, Marina Soković, Jasmina Glamočlija, Ana Ćirić, Vesna Perić-Mataruga, Larisa Ilijin, Vele Tešević, Marina Todosijević, Ljubodrag Vujisić, Nikola Vesović, Srećko Ćurčić
Recently, various insect secretions have been tested as possible antimicrobial agents. In beetles, these secretions are essentially products of various exocrine glands, of which particular emphasis is on pygidial glands that are common for the suborder Adephaga. The antimicrobial potential of the pygidial gland secretion isolated from the adults of Calosoma sycophanta against human pathogens has been tested and compared with the potential of other carabid species, particularly within the tribe Carabini. The antimicrobial assay includes a microdilution method which was applied in order to determine the minimal inhibitory, minimal fungicidal and minimal bactericidal concentrations...
February 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069550/identification-characterization-and-expression-analysis-of-superoxide-dismutase-genes-in-dastarcus-helophoroides-coleoptera-bothrideridae
#16
Zhang Zhengqing, Guo Ruijian, Menglou Li
Dastarcus helophoroides, a predatory natural enemy of longhorned beetles, has a relatively longer lifespan compared to other insects. To determine the potential physiological roles of antioxidant enzymes superoxide dismutase (SOD) in longevity and aging of D. helophoroides, analyses including molecular information, bioinformatics research, phylogenetic relationship and expression patterns were combined for investigation. Four D.hSODs were classified into three groups: one cytoplasmic Cu/Zn-SOD, two extracellular Cu/Zn-SOD and one Mn-SOD, were identified and characterized by multiple alignments...
January 6, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069503/wettability-gradient-on-the-elytra-in-the-aquatic-beetle-cybister-chinensis-and-its-role-in-angular-position-of-the-beetle-at-water-air-interface
#17
Mingxia Sun, Yuan Chen, Yongmei Zheng, Mingming Zhen, Chunying Shu, Zhendong Dai, Aiping Liang, Stanislav N Gorb
: The surface of the elytra in some species of aquatic beetles displays relatively low contact angles (CAs), even showing hydrophilic properties. In this study, we report on an observation that both sexes of Cybister chinensis beetle fresh elytral surface do not exhibit uniform CA, but rather a wettability gradient along the longitudinal axis in posterior direction. The wettability is very different between females and males due to the presence (female) or absence (male) of channels on the elytral surface...
January 6, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068574/insect-succession-on-remains-of-human-and-animals-in-shenzhen-china
#18
Yu Wang, Meng-Yun Ma, Xin-Yu Jiang, Jiang-Feng Wang, Liang-Liang Li, Xiao-Jun Yin, Min Wang, Yue Lai, Lu-Yang Tao
Most forensic entomological succession studies have been carried out using pig or rabbit carcasses; however, there have been few studies on the differences between insect succession patterns on human cadavers and on animal carcasses. In order to clarify the differences between decomposition and insect succession patterns of human cadavers and animal carcasses, one 49.5kg human cadaver, two large pig carcasses (45 and 48kg), two small pig carcasses (23 and 25kg) and two rabbit carcasses (both 1.75kg) were placed in the same field conditions in Shenzhen, China for a comparative study on August, 2013...
December 28, 2016: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066976/delivering-beauveria-bassiana-with-electrostatic-powder-for-the-control-of-stored-product-beetles
#19
Athanassiou G Christos, Rumbos I Christos, Sakka Maria, Storm Clare, Dillon Aoife, Potin Olivier
BACKGROUND: The efficacy of a Beauveria bassiana-based formulation (Bb38) with Entostat, an electrostatically charged powder, was investigated as surface treatment against Cryptolestes ferrugineus, Oryzaephilus surinamensis and Sitophilus granarius adults. In lab bioassays, the efficacy of Bb38 against the aforementioned species was examined on concrete, plywood, steel and ceramic, whereas its residual efficacy against the same species was assessed on concrete and steel in the presence or absence of illumination...
January 9, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065928/unveiling-the-osmophores-of-philodendron-adamantinum-araceae-as-a-means-to-understanding-interactions-with-pollinators
#20
Patrícia Gonçalves-Souza, Clemens Schlindwein, Stefan Dötterl, Elder Antônio Sousa Paiva
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Araceae species pollinated by nocturnal Cyclocephalini beetles attract their pollinators by inflorescence scents. In Philodendron, despite the intense odour, the osmophores exhibit no definite morphological identity, making them difficult to locate. This may explain why structural studies of the scent-releasing tissue are not available so far. METHODS: Several approaches were employed for locating and understanding the osmophores of Philodendron adamantinum A sensory test allowed other analyses to be restricted to fertile and sterile stamens as odour production sites...
January 8, 2017: Annals of Botany
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