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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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ARS entomologist Richard Brenner loads a petri dish with an experimental cockroach bait.An entomologist digs up--sometimes literally--all kinds of information on insects, because these six-legged critters affect just about every aspect of agriculture--as well as daily life. So it's important that entomologists know all they can about insects: the good, the bad and the ugly bugs. Where do certain insects live, what do they eat, and how do they survive the winter? How do they defend themselves from their enemies? In agriculture, some insects are bad guys--like boll weevils or corn earworms. Others, like bees, are critical to making honey and moving pollen--the powdery stuff that one flower gets from another so a fruit will form.

Stories about this kind of research:
Taste Like Chicken?
Living Fossil Is Half Insect, a Half Worm, and All Hunter
"Off with Their Heads"! (Says Fire Ant Fighter)

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Last Modified: 8/12/2016
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