Day 2 - Tropentag 2023, Tropentag2023

Bugs on the Rice: Eavesdropping on Insects Using Science

We often communicate in our own ways – humans say “hello,” cats meow, and dogs bark. But have you ever wondered how insects “talk”? At the University of Kassel, a PhD student working with CGIAR’s IRRI explores this intriguing question using science. What’s even more intriguing is that they used high-tech methods to eavesdrop on insects! While we don’t know if the insects granted their consent for this technological eavesdropping, we’re certainly curious about what these tiny rice storage insects have to say.