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Where Are We Now? Bergmann’s Rule Sensu Lato in Insects
  • M. Shelomi
  • Environmental Science
    The American Naturalist
  • 22 August 2012
TLDR
It is concluded that studies of Bergmann’s rule should focus within species and look at widespread but contiguous populations to account for all sources of variation while minimizing error.
Review of Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens) as Animal Feed and Human Food
TLDR
The literature on the black soldier fly is reviewed, which is capable of efficiently converting a wide variety of organic materials, from food waste to manure, into insect biomass, and which could potentially be milled and converted into a textured protein with a strong flavor.
Differential expression of endogenous plant cell wall degrading enzyme genes in the stick insect (Phasmatodea) midgut
TLDR
This work expands the resources available for industrial applications of animal-derived PCWDEs, and facilitates evolutionary analysis of lower Polyneopteran digestive enzymes, including the pectinases whose origin in Phasmatodea may have been a horizontal transfer event from bacteria.
Microbes Associated With Black Soldier Fly (Diptera: Stratiomiidae) Degradation of Food Waste
TLDR
The data suggest the black soldier fly larvae have a conserved microbiota whose components vary geographically, and this work is in line with other works on this species.
Horizontal Gene Transfer of Pectinases from Bacteria Preceded the Diversification of Stick and Leaf Insects
TLDR
This work used RNASeq data and respective assembled transcript libraries to trace the evolutionary history of polygalacturonase (pectinase) genes in stick insects (Phasmatodea), and identified the transfer of pectinase genes from known phasMatodean gut microbes into the genome of an early euphasmatodean ancestor between 60 and 100 million years ago.
Analysis of the gut microbiota of walking sticks (Phasmatodea)
TLDR
Phasmids are unlikely to depend on bacteria for digestion, suggesting they produce enzymes endogenously that most other herbivorous insects obtain from symbionts, matches predictions based on phasmid anatomy.
Entomoludology: Arthropods in Video Games
  • M. Shelomi
  • Biology
    American Entomologist
  • 7 June 2019
DEET (N,N‐Diethyl‐meta‐toluamide) Induced Delay of Blowfly Landing and Oviposition Rates on Treated Pig Carrion (Sus scrofa L.)
Abstract:  The question of whether the insect repellent N,N‐Diethyl‐meta‐toluamide (DEET) affected fly attraction, oviposition, and larval development was investigated; in part, to determine whether
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