Department founding member passes away
March 24, 2014
It is with sadness that I inform you that Stan Gesell passed away on March 21st. Stan was one of the founding members of our Department and made very important contributions to pest management of crop pests. Nearly a dozen of our fact sheets were authored by Stan and remain posted and relevant for today.
Ben Franklin announces winner of Big Idea business plan contest
March 21, 2014
A local startup’s Big Idea has won $25,000 from Ben Franklin Technology Partners. Nina Jenkins of Penn State’s Department of Entomology and her business partner, Giovani Bellicanta, have developed a patent-pending, nontoxic, bio-pesticide that successfully removes and further prevents bed bug infestations in homes and hotel rooms.
Researchers receive $1,137,000 to study threats to honey bees
March 4, 2014
Scientists in the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State have received three grants from the United States Department of Agriculture and National Science Foundation to study various threats to honey bees, including disease, pesticides, and the extinction and invasion of other species into their habitats.
Eight year old Finian Stroup raises funds to support Penn State bee health research
March 4, 2014
Last summer, Finian Stroup was inspired to save the bees. She read the Time Magazine cover article describing the massive losses of honey bee colonies around the world, and knew that she could make a difference. And in just a few months, the eight year old raised over $1000 to help support research on honey bee health, while also raising awareness of the plight of bees in her community.
Characterization of stink bug saliva proteins opens door to controlling pests
February 26, 2014
Brown marmorated stink bugs cause millions of dollars in crop losses across the United States because of the damage their saliva does to plant tissues. Researchers at Penn State have developed methods to extract the insect saliva and identify the major protein components, which could lead to new pest control approaches.