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EXPLAINER: What is bukbok?

Aug 28, 2018 - 9:00 PM

As the Philippines deals with bukbok-infested rice imports, here's a look at how these insects can be exterminated and what people can do at home

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Bumble bee placed on endangered list after U.S. habitat loss

Jan 12, 2017 - 2:07 PM

The rusty patched bumblebee population has seen a precipitous decline due to pesticides disease and climate change

In this photo, a bumble bee collects pollen on flowers growing in the Rose Garden at the White House 26 July, 2007 in Washington, DC. Karen Bleier/AFP

INFOGRAPHIC: A guide on allergies for parents

Jan 28, 2016 - 4:54 PM

What parents need to know about allergies their symptoms and the benefits of optimized protein

Flies, wasps, beetles are important pollinators too – study

Dec 01, 2015 - 8:37 AM

Aside from bees other insects provide 39 of visits to crop flowers on average

WASPS. A photo made available on September 19, 2014 shows a black wasp on a flower at the Jalot Village near Nagrota Bagwan, Himachal Pradesh, India, September 18, 2014. File Photo by Sanjay Baid/EPA

Ants use brawn and brains to haul heavy loads

Jul 29, 2015 - 9:27 AM

Researchers show how a dozen or more ants working in unison to haul say a large insect can adjust their course based on intelligence provided by a single ant joining the effort

Coconut pest infestation at 'manageable' level

Feb 11, 2015 - 2:41 PM

The pest is here to stay however says the government Funds have been allotted to monitor the remaining 9 hotspots and prevent the infestation from spreading

'YOLANDA OF PESTS.' The coconut scale insects, looking like brown, creamy spores, attach to the undersheath of coconut tree leaves

Coconut pest spread 'manageable' by December

Sep 29, 2014 - 6:52 PM

The Philippine Coconut Authority says infested trees are recovering even as groups hit the agency for using pesticides toxic to certain insects

DR Congo's insect cuisine: Nutritious and delicious

Jul 27, 2014 - 4:53 PM

Shoppers can find insects for every occasion with some types said to be rich in protein

Gov't reveals plan to contain coconut pest outbreak in 6 months

Jun 30, 2014 - 6:39 PM

The number of infested trees has nearly doubled in 60 days But the government says it is waging an all out war against the pest

RACE AGAINST TIME. The government hopes to stop the spread of the new coconut pest in 6 months. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Saving the PH coconut industry

Jun 26, 2014 - 10:42 PM

The best way to save the country s agriculture industry is to empower its farmers

PH COCONUTS. Coconut trees in San Pablo, Laguna. Photo by Karl Cadapan

Coconut pest threatens Mimaropa, Bicol, Zamboanga

Jun 09, 2014 - 11:48 PM

The government aims to implement a 6 month program to control the outbreak

THE PEST. The coconut scale insects, looking like brown, creamy spores, attach to the undersheath of coconut tree leaves

Malacañang issues order to contain coconut pest outbreak

Jun 06, 2014 - 4:49 PM

Executive Order 169 aims to combat an epidemic that endangers the country s 2 billion coconut industry which provides livelihood to 3 5 million farmers

DEATH THROES. A coconut farmer in Laguna had no choice but to cut down his infested coconut tree (left) while another of his trees (right) is also severely infested. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

PH to lose P186M a year from coconut pest outbreak

May 14, 2014 - 10:50 AM

The Typhoon Yolanda of pests may threaten the country s position among the top coconut producers in the world

THE PEST. The coconut scale insects, looking like brown, creamy spores, attach to the undersheath of coconut tree leaves

4 provinces to be put under quarantine vs coconut pest

Mar 19, 2014 - 3:31 PM

By the end of March checkpoints in Batangas Laguna Cavite and Quezon will regulate the entry and exit of coconut goods

DYING TREE OF LIFE. Infested coconut trees near Mt Makiling in Los Baños, Laguna have yellowing, dying leaves. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Revealed: How malaria parasite beats top insecticides

Feb 25, 2014 - 8:29 AM

A singe mutation changes a normal gene for metabolism known as GsTe2 into one that helps the mosquito break down the insecticide molecule so that it is no longer toxic

MALARIA VACCINE? This undated photo courtesy of Sanaria, Inc. of Rockville, Maryland, shows Malaria infected mosquitoes ready for dissection in the lab's manufacturing facility during vaccine production. ADAM M. RICHMAN/SANARIA INC./AFP

New pest fast destroying coconut trees in Luzon

Jan 31, 2014 - 2:19 PM

The infestation is spreading fast from Calabarzon to Bicol The Philippine Coconut Authority needs local governments to declare a state of calamity

DYING TREE OF LIFE. Infested coconut trees near Mt Makiling in Los Baños, Laguna have yellowing, dying leaves. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

New insect repellent could mean goodbye to DEET

Oct 03, 2013 - 9:42 AM

Scientists at UC Riverside uncover 4 alternatives that may send DEET into retirement after 67 years

NEW REPELLENT SOON. A mosquito is bloated with blood as it inserts its stinger into human flesh in this undated file photo obtained from the US Department of Agriculture. AFP/USDA

Insects are untapped livestock, says expert

Oct 16, 2012 - 5:28 PM

Insects and unknown indigenous plant species could be part of tomorrow s diet Julian Cribb author of The Coming Famine says

Butterfly pioneer laments species extinction

Oct 14, 2012 - 2:58 PM

Taiwan s butterflies pay the price of industrialization

THE GREAT PURPLE EMPEROR faces extinction in Taiwan. Screen grab from YouTube (MrPhantomizer9)