New sensory organ discovered

Scientist from the Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Discovery (CIBD) of the Natural History Museum in Berlin, from the ZUSE-Institute Berlin and from the RWTH Aachen University have discovered a new sensory organ for perceiving vibrational signals in leafhoppers, spittlebugs and planthoppers and published in The Royal Society Biology Letters. The discovery of this new organ offers numerous new research opportunities, as some species of leafhoppers transmit economically important plant diseases. For biological pest control, a disruptive signal could be used to stop the insects from mating and thus inhibit their dispersal.

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