SoT 323: Very Small Frogs

Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall, Dr Cameron Webb

[00:00:58] A review study published in the journal Biological Conservation has found that over 40% of insect species are threatened with extinction.

[00:29:06] Queensland has seen record-breaking floods this year, and everyone knows that mosquitoes love water. But what do floods mean for mosquito-borne diseases?

[00:36:10] By studying sleepless flies, scientists have identified a gene that puts them to sleep when they need it the most. And interestingly, it doubles as part of their immune system.

[00:42:32] From our immune system to taste and even our emotions – our guts have a big influence on our brains. And now new research shows that gut bacteria can affect our our mental health.

Dr. Cameron Webb is a medical entomologist from the University of Sydney and NSW Health Pathology primarily interested in mosquitoes, mosquito-borne disease management, insect repellents and wetland rehabilitation.

This episode contains traces of Abigail Fraeman, Mars Exploration Rover (MER) deputy project scientist at JPL.