Saturday, April 03, 2004

Hear No Weevil

Scientists from the Agricultural Research Service are working to develop an improved version of a device that detects sounds made by insects. According to this story in Agricultural Research Magazine, the new machine is lighter and more durable, making it more convenient to bring it out into the field. By touching the device's wand to a large nail driven into the root ball of a plant, scientists are hoping to use the listening device to detect root-feeding insects like the black vine weevil (Otiorhynchus sulcatus).

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