BBSRC-funded researchers at the University of Cambridge have shown that viruses use aphids as pawns, discouraging the insects from permanently settling on already-infected crops and using this forced migration to spread infection to healthy vegetation. Aphids are sap-sucking insects that attack many different types of plants and are major transmitters of crop-infecting viruses.
BBSRC has invested in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology for Rothamsted Research to monitor crops and crop experiments as part of several genetic improvement projects. Rothamsted Research has obtained a high performance radio remote-controlled octocopter equipped with four distinct cameras, thanks to funding from BBSRC.
Honey bees from stronger hives are taking home more than the honey stash from their weaker neighbours, as a honey bee killer stows away. This is according to a study to be published in the SfAM journal, Environmental Microbiology.