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Managing insect pests by shutting down their desire to reproduce [Registered]

Kansas State University entomologists have helped identify a neuropeptide named natalisin that regulates the sexual activity and reproductive ability of insects. The team claims that they are the first to observe and name the neuropeptide, which is composed of short chains of amino acids in the brain of insects and arthropods. The finding may open new possibilities for environmentally friendly pest management, said the lead researcher Professor Yoonseong Park. Findings are published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Natalisin is part of insects’ and arthropods’ peptidergic system — a genetic network that uses small peptides as…

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