In the news / Insect and Microbe Systems
In Sub-Saharan Africa, red-billed oxpeckers feed on the parasites of rhinos and more than 20 other species of mammal. New research suggests the birds may also serve as sentinels that help rhinos avoid humans—and potentially poachers.
With adversaries including termites and carpenter ants, scientists are studying how to look out for invasions and go on the offensive. A mere 5 percent of animals ever become pests, said Dr. Dawn Gouge, UArizona public health entomologist and BIO5 member.