Insect activity, crop losses could increase as global temperatures rise

When temperatures go up, so do certain risks, like the potential presence of certain crop and shellfish toxins. Alongside these risks, a new study outlines how insect activity also increases as the globe heats up — leading to increased crop loss.

Research from the University of Washington suggests that a rise of just 2°C can […]

A burger and flies: Why some scientists are promoting insects as food

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We’ve seen the same scene play out countless times on our favorite TV channels.

Scrappy travel show hosts stroll through street markets in foreign countries. They stop at a stall and cringe, retching and exclaiming in an exaggerated display of shock. They then purchase the item being sold—a fried […]

Americans: ‘Expect a very buggy spring and summer’

The forecasters of the annual Bug Barometer for the spring and summer in the United States are now about as popular as weather forecasters who predict a cold and wet Fourth of July weekend.

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has released its bi-annual Bug Barometer, a guide depicting expected pest activity throughout the U.S. […]

Insects for dinner? Scientists propose idea to improve food security

In an effort to improve food availability and nutrition, scientists in Kenya are suggesting adding insects, such as crickets, grasshoppers, caterpillars and termites, to their citizens’ daily diet.

Dr. Sunday Ekesi, a principal scientist at the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), said in a recent article that there are more than 2,000 […]

Experts debate cost of being mosquito-free

April showers bring May flowers. May flowers bring mosquitoes? That’s not how the old adage goes, but it definitely feels like it this year. Local reports around Neogen’s headquarters in Michigan have stated that the weather conditions are great conditions for mosquito breeding grounds, meaning it might be a busy, buggy season.

In a perfect […]

Neogen acquires Chem-Tech

Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) announced today that it has acquired the stock of Chem-Tech Ltd., a manufacturer of insecticides for the animal and food industries. The 35-year-old company, which is wholly owned by Pat and Kelle Rolfes, operates an extensive manufacturing and distribution facility in Pleasantville, Iowa.

Chem-Tech’s highly effective insecticides utilize environmentally friendly technical […]

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Groundbreaking study into peanut allergy – Food Standards Agency

The United Kingdom’s (U.K.) Food Standards Agency is recruiting participants in a study that will look at the factors that […]