Crop diseases, a major cause of famine, have always been diagnosed by visual inspection, though scientists today also use microscopes and DNA sequencing. But the first line of defense is still the keen eyes of farmers around the world, many of whom do not have access to advanced diagnostics and treatment advice.
What does being a healthy bee mean? The seven students selected for the 2015 Apes Valentes Awards had some very different ideas. To some of them, Apes Valentes (Latin for “healthy bee”) included bumble bees, others honey bees, and to another Japanese orchard bees. Some students sought to identify the flowering plant species that are most nutritious for bees, while others worked on developing new management approaches to help breed and maintain healthy bee populations.
Even as larvae, honey bees are tuned in to the social culture of the hive, becoming more or less aggressive depending on who raises them, researchers report in the journal Scientific Reports.
A new Penn State project aimed at improving the food system in East Africa by enhancing pollination services and promoting bee-derived products has received a Food Systems Innovation Grant from the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation, based at Michigan State University.
Chemical signaling among social insects, such as bees, ants and wasps, is more complex than previously thought, according to researchers at Penn State and Tel Aviv University, whose results refute the idea that a single group of chemicals controls reproduction across numerous species.
Pleas join us in congratulating the department’s multiple winners: Dr. Andy Deans, Mitzy Porras, Loren Rivera Vega, Flor E. Acevedo, Anjel Helms and Mehmet Ali Doke.
The issue contains 19 review articles from genomics to ecology, reviewing our current state of knowledge on pollinator health, and providing creative and concrete ideas for the next steps in tackling these issues.
Beekeepers have plenty of tough days. But urban beekeeper Steve Rapaski is not having one of those today.
This Lectureship was established in 1981 by ARS to honor the memory of Sterling B. Hendricks and to recognize scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the chemical science of agriculture. Hendricks contributed to many diverse scientific disciplines, including soil science, mineralogy, agronomy, plant physiology, geology, and chemistry. He is most frequently remembered for discovering phytochrome, the light-activated molecule that regulates many plant processes.
The AGRO Division has established an endowment fund in collaboration with Bayer CropScience that is used to promote an understanding of the role of chemistry in agriculture. To address this goal, awards are made through the Division’s Education Committee.
If you want to hang out with a bunch of bees, you'd better be prepared for a little pain. Mario Padilla, a honeybee researcher at Penn State University, can usually tell when his hives are getting agitated. But he's already been stung three times today. And he's about to get it again.
A local beekeeper is part of a federal grant breeding a new type of Queen bee which could change the future of beekeeping.
This is the 13th and final short news article written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
This is the 12th of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
If you want to hang out with a bunch of bees, you'd better be prepared for a little pain.
Families and youths accustomed to attending Penn State's Great Insect Fair each fall will need to adjust their schedules. For this year at least, the popular annual event will leave the Bryce Jordan Center and instead will be part of the 2015 Ag Progress Days expo, Aug. 18-20.
Penn State graduate student Zach Fuller recently received a National Geographic Young Explorer Grant to sample honey bee colonies and document beekeeping practices across a wide range of habitats in Kenya and to explore for the presence and diversity of recently introduced pathogens. Together with Penn State graduate student Jeff Kerby, Zach is posting updates of their research expedition to Kenya on their blog.
This is the 11th of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Many residents in Pennsylvania and neighboring states are getting "ticked" about an insect that has made its presence known in a big way this spring and summer. But this bug is not a species of eight-legged arthropod known to carry Lyme disease and other pathogens.
This is the 10th of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.