Crop experts discuss climate change

Some of the UK's leading crop scientists will be joining invited guests in Norwich next week to discuss how crop science could help the UK countryside to cope with the effects of climate change.

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Spiders check weather before take-off

New research could explain why spiders flying on a strand of silk prefer cloudy days in spring or autumn for their travels. Results of the study could also lead to a non-chemical alternative to pesticides in crop management.


Parasitic wasps avoid the smelly feet of ladybirds

Scientists at Rothamsted Research have identified chemicals in ladybird foot odour that are actively avoided by tiny parasitic wasps, which attack aphid pests. Whilst developing, these wasps live parasitically within the aphids. However, if the aphid host gets eaten by a ladybird the developing wasp gets eaten too.


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