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 Caption for November/December 2009 Agricultural Research magazine article, "Grain Pest's Own Genes Turned Against It." Red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum.

Caption for September 2008 Agricultural Research magazine article, "Science Update: First Beetle Blueprint Is Complete." Red flour beetle, a pest of stored grains and grain products, is the first key agricultural pest to have its genome fully sequenced.

Caption for November 2005 Agricultural Research magazine article, "Beetle Mania." Due to a defect in their pigment gene, these red flour beetles (about 1/8-inch long) have white or clear eyes rather than the typical black color. Other defective genes are being discovered and exploited as possible biopesticide targets.

Photo by Peggy Greb.


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Last Modified: 11/19/2009
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