Thursday, 19 March 2015

How planthoppers got (and changed) their wings

Date:
March 18, 2015

Source:
Duke University

Summary:
Each year, rice faces a big threat from a sesame seed-sized insect called the brown planthopper. Now, a study reveals the molecular switch that enables some planthoppers to develop short wings and others long based on environmental conditions such as day length and temperature -- a major factor in their ability to invade new rice fields.

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