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A recent Arizona State University study finds that some ant species produce strong antimicrobials, but 40% of species don’t produce any.

A recent Arizona State University study has shed new light on antibiotics produced by ants, and the lead author thinks the work could be applied to improving human health. Read more»

Research mosquitoes in the lab at the University of Arizona feed at a rubber bladder filled with expired human blood.

University of Arizona researchers have forged a path toward mosquito birth control, manipulating DNA to fight such mosquito-transmitted diseases as Zika, malaria and West Nile virus. Read more»

Claudinerobius slateri, an agriculture pest previously unknown in the United States, was discovered by officers at the Mariposa Port of Entry on March 20.

Agriculture specialists at the commercial port in Nogales discovered an insect new to the U.S. in a load of Mexican celery on March 20, a CBP news release said. Read more»

An Asian Citrus Psyllid found by agriculture inspectors at the Port of Nogales Commercial facility last week known to carry citrus greening disease, a bacteria that can kill citrus trees.

Agriculture specialists at the commercial port in Nogales intercepted an insect known to damage citrus crops during an inspection of a shipment of oranges from northern Mexico last week. Read more»

An adult insect, known as Paromius dohrni, found during an intensive agriculture inspection at the Mariposa Commercial crossing in Nogales in late November. 
'Not much is generally known on feeding habits of the Rhyparochromidae family except that most are seed feeders,' said the agency.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed Monday that a recent discovery of a pest in a commercial shipment of prickly pear pads at a Nogales crossing was the first-ever interception of the "Paromius dohrnii" insect at a United States port. Read more»

The traps are placed next to citrus leaves that the Asian citrus psyllid eats.

There are thousands of glue traps around Yuma County as part of an intensive effort to keep the Asian citrus psyllid – and the fatal tree disease it can carry – out of the state. The invasive species has already decimated citrus groves in Florida and has footholds in California and Mexico. Read more»

A Costa's hummingbird is one of many winged animals featured during the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum's Festival of Flight, which takes place Friday through Sunday.

The Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum will celebrate winged creatures and the Year of the Bat during the Festival of Flight beginning Friday. Read more»