Domestic honey bees hives are down by 59% compared to 60 years ago with rapid declines over the last forty years. This long term decline was punctuated by recent average losses of 30% per winter since 2006. The populations of some native bee species may also be declining.
Pollinators need a diverse, abundant food source and a place to build their nests and rear their young. As land managers, if we keep these two elements in mind we can encourage native bee populations.
Approximately three quarters of our major food crops are pollinated. At the same time domestic honey bees hives are down by 59% compared to 60 years ago. Here we will look at how wild bees provide insurance against ongoing honey bee losses. Keep a look out for upcoming articles on factors affecting pollinators and ways farmers can promote pollinator health.
Dr. Joe Louis is recognized for his significant contributions to the field of plant insect interactions, as well as for his demonstrated excellence in outreach, public service, mentoring and teaching. Joe’s research work has shown that specific elicitors delivered by insects are recognized by plants to induce innate defense mechanisms. His research publications are in high impact journals, and these publications have excellent citation records. Joe has trained and mentored many students from high school through PhD level, and he has taken multiple leadership roles in outreach activities. He has been very active in scientific society activities, and he has organized many symposia at several national and regional meetings. For his significant contributions at different stages of his career, he has received many awards from different organizations.
The Asian longhorned beetle, Anoplophora glabripennis, is a wood-boring insect that is capable of destroying 30% of the urban trees in the United States at an economic loss of $669 billion. Infestations of this invasive beetle have been found in Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Illinois, and they have been shown to feed on more than 100 different tree species, with a preference for maples, poplars, aspens, cottonwoods, and willows.
This is the 4th of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Roaches, rodents, and bedbugs — Those are the Big Three for Dion Lerman, who has become an odd sort of celebrity because of the community presentations he gives about how people can manage pests in their homes without using toxic chemicals. Kids call him "the bug guy."
Use of a class of insecticides, called neonicotinoids, increased dramatically in the mid-2000s and was driven almost entirely by the use of corn and soybean seeds treated with the pesticides, according to researchers at Penn State.
Honey bees use different sets of genes, regulated by two distinct mechanisms, to fight off viruses, bacteria and gut parasites, according to researchers at Penn State and the Georgia Institute of Technology. The findings may help scientists develop honey bee treatments that are tailored to specific types of infections.
This is the 3rd of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Dr. Thomas C. Baker, a distinguished professor of entomology and chemical ecology at Penn State University, has been selected to deliver the Founders’ Memorial Award lecture at Entomology 2015, the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) to be held November 15-18, 2015 in Minneapolis.
This is the 2nd of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
This is the 1st of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Crafting hives, making honey, what could bee better? New this semester, the Penn State Beekeepers Club is hoping to garner some buzz around Penn State.
Obesity and diabetes are not just problems of modern-day humans and their domesticated pets. Insects also are affected by these health conditions, and intestinal infections by protozoans are the cause, according to researchers at Penn State. The research suggests that intestinal infections may contribute to metabolic diseases, including diabetes and obesity, in humans as well.
“Herbicide drift impact on floral resources and pollination services: A landscape approach.” by David Mortensen & Melanie Kammerer, Plant Sciences Department, Penn State University
Center for the Performing Arts staff member Medora Ebersole is using her experience as an education and community programs manager to develop an interdisciplinary project aimed at increasing knowledge of pollinator behavior—from bees and bats to birds and butterflies—in order to benefit food production efforts and battle the use of pesticides world-wide.
The department of entomology is seeking an Assistant/Associate Professor of Plant–Insect Interactions/Chemical Ecology
Four third graders researched the important role of honey bees in agriculture and mounted a local public awareness and fundraising campaign to support bee health.
This is the 12th, and final, short news article written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.