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Illinois Natural History Survey insect behaviorist Joseph Spencer, left, former crop sciences professor Manfredo Seufferheld, entomology professor Barry Pittendrigh and their colleagues found that different Western corn rootworm populations respond differently to RNAi technology.

Success of new bug-fighting approach may vary from field to field

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:March 10, 2014

A new technique to fight crop insect pests may affect different insect populations differently, researchers report. They analyzed RNA interference (RNAi), a method that uses genetic material to “silence” specific genes – in this case genes known to give insect pests an advantage. The researchers found that western corn rootworm beetles that are already resistant to crop rotation are in some cases also less vulnerable to RNAi.

Published Date: March 10, 2014


To keep pace with the ever-increasing demand for renewable energy, forest management policy in the U.S. must evolve to address environmental sustainability issues, says Jody Endres, a professor of bioenergy, environmental and natural resources law at Illinois.

U.S. forest management policy must evolve to meet bioenergy targets

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:June 13, 2013

To keep pace with the ever-increasing demand for renewable energy, forest management policy in the U.S. must evolve to address environmental sustainability issues, says Jody Endres, a professor of bioenergy, environmental and natural resources law at Illinois.

Published Date: June 13, 2013


Brenna Ellison, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics, says the combination of a symbol and a numeric calorie count on a menu is the most effective way to influence patrons to select lower-calorie items.

Symbols, such as traffic lights, on menus effective in educating diners

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:March 13, 2013

Brenna Ellison, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics, says the combination of a symbol and a numeric calorie count on a menu is the most effective way to influence patrons to select lower-calorie items.

Published Date: March 13, 2013


Food science expert: Genetically modified crops are overregulated

Author: Chelsey Coombs

Published Date:February 18, 2013

It has been almost 20 years since the first genetically modified foods showed up in produce aisles throughout the United States and the rest of the world, but controversy continues to surround the products and their regulation.

Published Date: February 18, 2013


University of Illinois entomology professor Barry Pittendrigh (back right) and his colleagues create animated educational videos as part of the Scientific Animations Without Borders project. Pictured: back row left: entomology research scientist Weilin Sun; front row from left: SAWBO co-founder Julia Bello-Bravo, who also is assistant director of the Illinois Strategic International Partnership; graduate students Julia Steele and Alice Vossbrinck; and research specialist Susan Balfe.

Agricultural, health education goes global via cellphone animations

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:December 10, 2012

Agricultural researchers and health educators are using cellphone technology to help those in the developing world address some of the most challenging issues they face. The initiative, Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO), delivers educational materials in the form of narrated, animated videos to a global audience.

Published Date: December 10, 2012