All Things Bugs announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Aaron T. Dossey, Founder/Owner of All Things Bugs will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled "Good Bugs: Sustainable Food for Malnutrition in Children". Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) funds individuals worldwide to explore ideas that can break the mold in how we solve persistent global health and development challenges. Dr. Dossey's [...]
Aaron Dossey with a stick bug in the UF Entomology and Nematology Department's natural area. He received a $100,000 grant earlier this year for his research in bug-based food. Photo courtesy of Aaron Dossey A UF grad seeks to develop green technologies and end child malnutrition through bug-based food. Go ahead, munch on a mealworm. Crunch on a cricket. How about a lunch of larva? A classic schoolyard dare in the U.S., eating [...]
Mark Cuban. Photo credit: Christian Petersen / Getty Last night on Shark Tank, Mark Cuban invested in a sustainable food startup that sells nutritional bars fueled on crickets. Startup Chapul is all about using crickets for their optimal protein. Chapul founder Pat Crowley sought out $50,000 for a 5% stake in his business. Read full article
STICK IT TO 'EM Walking stick insects like this one can lash out at predators with noxious chemical sprays emitted from a gland behind the head. Walking stick study hints at chemical biodiversity in these insects It's safe to say that not many people have milked the insects known as walking sticks for the defensive secretions the insects spray when threatened. Now, milkers in Gainesville, Fla., have used nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to [...]
Current position: University of Florida, College of Medicine, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, postdoctoral research associate with Prof. Arthur Edison Education: Oklahoma State University, B.S. in biochemistry and molecular biology, cum laude, 2001; University of Florida, Gainesville, Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology, with Prof. Art Edison, 2006 Nonscientific interests: Entomology, keeping and breeding invertebrates, comedy, playing trumpet, nature photography, travel, gardening, camping, fishing, and hiking through the wilderness This project was my first chance to incorporate my [...]
P. mocquerys, Credit: Oskar V. Conle P. mocquerys,a rare walkingstick found only in Madagascar. Walkingstick's novel monoterpene shows activity against tumor cells Camouflage is not the only trick Madagascar walkingsticks use to thwart their enemies. These insects also spray a defensive fluid, and a team of researchers hopes the fluid's key chemical, parectadial, will ward off a human enemy: cancer. The team, led by biochemistry professor Arthur S. Edison of the University of Florida, details their [...]
Butterflies, Beetles Bees, Bugs… Insects Rule! ISO Entomology Contributors, Sponsors and Volunteers at the Expo!
Photo credit: Science Blogs Insects make up the largest and most diverse group of organisms on the planet, with the over 1 million described and 4-30 estimated species all playing a crucial role in biodiversity of the ecosystem. They are also critical for a wide variety of science and technology fields including agriculture, environmental and even biomedical science, and are even being explored as a vital source of food. "Insects are much too [...]