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An international team of scientists, involving entomologists, conservation biologists, agro-ecologists and geographers, has just revealed how on-farm biological control can slow the pace of...

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Genome published of the small hive beetle, a major honey bee parasite

Beekeepers and researchers will welcome the unveiling of the small hive beetle's genome by scientists. The small hive beetle (SHB) is a major parasite...

Game over for Zika? KU Leuven researchers develop promising vaccine

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Broading the biodiversity catalogue of spider populations in the Iberian Peninsula

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Recruiting ants to fight weeds on the farm

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Experts have found a way to model disease progression and predict the 'tipping point' of a disease, providing early warning indicators that an epidemic...

Hurricane Maria gave ecologists rare chance to study how tropical dry forests recover

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