Provisioning of live black soldier fly larvae (Hermetia illucens) benefits broiler activity and leg health in a frequency- and dose-dependent manner
Contributor(s):: Ipema, Allyson F., Gerrits, Walter J. J., Bokkers, Eddie A. M., Kemp, Bas, Bolhuis, J. Elizabeth
Fast-growing broilers spend most their time inactive and are therefore prone to experience leg problems. Environmental enrichment that facilitates intrinsically motivated behaviours can potentially promote activity and reduce leg problems, thereby improving broiler welfare. A promising...
Adolescents’ Experience and Knowledge of, and Attitudes toward, Bees: Implications and Recommendations for Conservation
Contributor(s):: Silva, Alexandra, Minor, Emily S.
Invertebrates are generally regarded with apathy, distaste, and fear in Western society. These negative sentiments likely contribute to the disparity in wildlife conservation efforts, which largely favor vertebrate organisms. Bees represent one of the most ecologically and economically important...
Beautiful Bugs, Bothersome Bugs, and FUN Bugs: Examining Human Interactions with Insects and Other Arthropods
Contributor(s):: Shipley, Nathan J., Bixler, Robert D.
Because the ostensible majority of incidental human–insect (and other arthropods) interactions are negative, any interest in non-pretty “bugs” appears to be inherently demotivated. Three complementary studies explored US college students’ perceptions, knowledge, and experiences of insects to...
Local Insects as Flagship Species to Promote Nature Conservation? A Survey among Primary School Children on Their Attitudes toward Invertebrates
Contributor(s):: Schlegel, Jürg, Breuer, Gabriele, Rupf, Reto
Flagship species play an important role in promoting nature conservation. However, although the significance of invertebrates in biodiversity and ecosystem services is undisputed, they are rarely used as flagship species. A focused approach to better understand the drivers of differences in...
Human-Insect Relationships: An ANTless Story? Children's, Adolescents', and Young Adults' Ways of Characterizing Social Insects
Contributor(s):: Sammet, Rebecca, Andres, Heike, Dreesmann, Daniel
Ants may serve as powerful model organisms for uncovering principles of insect biology and social behavior. The aim of this study was to provide a quantitative analysis of secondary-school students' perceptions and knowledge of ants. It was part of a longitudinal project based on the concept of...
Addressing pain caused by mulesing in sheep
Contributor(s):: Fisher, Andrew D.
The surgical operation of mulesing cuts wool-bearing and wrinkled skin from the perineal region and adjoining hindquarters of Australian Merino sheep, and has been shown in combination with tail docking to provide significantly enhanced protection against flystrike for the remainder of the...
Sprinkler flow rate affects dairy cattle preferences, heat load, and insect deterrence behavior
Contributor(s):: Chen, Jennifer M., Schütz, Karin E., Tucker, Cassandra B.
Sprinklers provide benefits for cattle, such as reducing heat load and possibly deterring insects. However, the use of this resource by cows varies across studies. Some of this variation may, in part, be explained by sprinkler flow rate. Higher flow rates provide greater heat abatement (desirable...
Why I Keep Ants as Pets | Mikey Bustos | TEDxUPLB
| Contributor(s):: Mikey Bustos
Mikey Bustos was born in Toronto, Canada and started raising ants and creating ant farms in his parents' basement. It led him to create the AntsCanada Youtube channel and AntsCanada.com, both promoting the pet ant keeping hobby, myrmecology, ecology, and habitat conservation. AntsCanada has...
How you can help save the bees, one hive at a time | Noah Wilson-Rich
| Contributor(s):: Noah Wilson-Rich
Bees are dying off in record numbers, but ecologist Noah Wilson-Rich is interested in something else: Where are bees healthy and thriving? To find out, he recruited citizen scientists across the US to set up beehives in their backyards, gardens and rooftops. Learn how these little data...
Why I study the most dangerous animal on earth -- mosquitoes | Fredros Okumu
| Contributor(s):: Fredros Okumu
What do we really know about mosquitoes? Fredros Okumu catches and studies these disease-carrying insects for a living -- with the hope of crashing their populations. Join Okumu for a tour of the frontlines of mosquito research, as he details some of the unconventional methods his team at the...
The secrets of spider venom | Michel Dugon
| Contributor(s):: Michel Dugon
Spider venom can stop your heart within minutes, cause unimaginable pain -- and potentially save your life, says zoologist Michel Dugon. As a tarantula crawls up and down his arm, Dugon explains the medical properties of this potent toxin and how it might be used to produce the next generation...
Effects of Pet Insects on Cognitive Function among the Elderly: An fMRI Study
| Contributor(s):: Park, J. Y., Ko, H. J., Kim, A. S., Moon, H. N., Choi, H. I., Kim, J. H., Chang, Y., Kim, S. H.
Review of Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise
| Contributor(s):: Jonathan L. Friedmann
Review of Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise, by David Rothenberg. This book proposes that the human sense of rhythm derived in part from insect sounds.
Evaluation of pharmacokinetics and efficacy of ivermectin following oral administration in dogs against experimental infection of Ctenocephalides felis felis and Rhipicephalus sanguineus
| Contributor(s):: Magalhaes, V. S., Cid, Y. P., Ferreira, T. P., Medeiros, D. M. V., Batista, L. C. de S. O., Correia, T. R., Albert, A. L. M., Scott, F. B.
With the increasing number of pets in home the human-animal relationship is increasingly close and care about control disease growing. Ivermectin (IVM) is frequently used because its proven safety. IVM is recommended for the treatment of demodectic scabies and prevention of heartworm in dogs, but...
Test-retest reliability of the Welfare Quality animal welfare assessment protocol for growing pigs
| Contributor(s):: Czycholl, I., Kniese, C., Buttner, K., Beilage, E. G., Schrader, L., Krieter, J.
The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility and test-retest reliability of the Welfare Quality Animal Welfare Assessment Protocol for Growing Pigs. Twenty-three German pig farms were visited repeatedly by the same trained observers; each farm being visited six times during two fattening...
"It's not that they sting you. It's that they don't sting you." Beekeepers and the Narrative Construction of Human-honeybee Relationships
| Contributor(s):: Kate Marx
There are seemingly endless accounts available of the bond that is often formed between humans and other mammals. Far less, however, has been written on interactions between humans and animals of more pronounced physiological difference to us, for example, insects. The purpose of this study was...
Effect of Pet Insects on the Psychological Health of Community-Dwelling Elderly People: A Single-Blinded, Randomized, Controlled Trial
| Contributor(s):: Ko, H. J., Youn, C. H., Kim, S. H., Kim, S. Y.
Fleeing from fleas on your cat, dog, or you
| Contributor(s):: Robert G. Holmberg
Fleas are small, laterally flattened, wingless insects that suck blood from warm-blooded animals. There are about 2,500 species. Most are parasites of mammals; about 100 species feed on birds. In North America, 19 species bite humans.
Bugging the strict vegan
| Contributor(s):: Fischer, B.
Entomophagy-eating insects-is getting a lot of attention these days. However, strict vegans are often uncomfortable with entomophagy based on some version of the precautionary principle: if you aren't sure that a being isn't sentient, then you should treat it as though it is. But not only do...
Grass management regimes affect grasshopper availability and subsequently American crow activity at airports
| Contributor(s):: Kennedy, Laura A., Otter, Ken A.