The Discovery Files
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An upbeat, entertaining look at the latest advances in science and engineering. Often fun and always fascinating, each episode covers a project funded by NSF -- federally sponsored research, brought to you by you!
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"Termite Terminator" -- The Discovery Files
4 days ago
A new Purdue University-developed technology concept could provide pest control companies with a more effective way to control termites and prevent associated damage. The technology works by targeting the termite's resistance genes that help the insect fight off a known fungus that can effectively eliminate termites. Michael Scharf, an associate professor and the O.W. Rollins/Orkin Chair in Purdue's Department of Entomology, said non-specific chemical insecticides are sometimes ineffective, or not preferred by some homeowners, and a method to target the termite's genes to dismantle their defense mechanisms against fungus is needed.