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2009

The Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State to Host International Conference
December 21, 2009
Penn State’s Center for Pollinator Research will be hosting the first International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Heath and Policy from July 24-28, 2010. This is the first notice.
O'Keeffe Foundation Graduate Fellowship for Honey Bee Health
December 9, 2009
Through a generous donation of the E. B. O'Keeffe Charitable Foundation, we are announcing a special graduate fellowship to support the educational training of a graduate student conducting research on honey bee health in the Department of Entomology at Penn State.
International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy
December 7, 2009
The Penn State Center for Pollinator Research is sponsoring the first International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy on July 24-28, 2010.
O'Keeffe Foundation Graduate Fellowship for Honey Bee Health
November 5, 2009
Through a generous donation of the E. B. O'Keeffe Charitable Foundation, we are announcing a special graduate fellowship to support the educational training of a graduate student conducting research on honey bee health in the Department of Entomology at Penn State.
Graduate Research Assistant Available Summer/Fall 2010
October 15, 2009
Graduate Research Assistantship (Ph.D.) in Crop and Soil Sciences, Entomology, or Ecology. Seeking a Ph.D. student to participate in a project on reduced tillage organic cropping systems, Improving Weed and Insect Management in Organic Reduced-Tillage Cropping Systems.
Evolution, Resisted
October 5, 2009
Scientists are trying to design the last malaria control agent the world will ever need.
To stop malaria, let mosquitoes breed
September 22, 2009
Letting mosquitoes reproduce rather than killing them as fast as possible could be the key to controlling malaria epidemics.
'Moth Madness' at Penn State's Great Insect Fair
September 21, 2009
What's the difference between a moth and a butterfly? Why do they fly by night? Find out the answers to these and all your questions about moths and other six-legged critters at Penn State's 16th annual Great Insect Fair, being held on Oct. 3.
Ag Sciences students awarded Haagen-Dazs fellowships
September 21, 2009
Two graduate students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences -- Abby Kalkstein and Holly Holt -- were recently awarded fellowships in pollinator health sponsored by ice cream-maker Häagen-Dazs.
Evolutionary theory may help to fight a fatal disease
September 18, 2009
Like many other activities, global health has fashions. For the past couple of decades AIDS has captured both the imagination and the research dollars. Recently, though, the focus has shifted towards malaria, which kills a million people a year, most of them children, and debilitates hundreds of millions more. Insecticide-impregnated bednets designed to stop people being bitten by infected mosquitoes are being scattered throughout Africa. New drugs based on a Chinese herb called Artemisia have been introduced. And researchers are vying with one another to be the first to devise an effective vaccine. But the traditional first line of attack on malaria, killing the mosquitoes themselves, has yet to have a serious makeover.
Ag Sciences students awarded Haagen-Dazs fellowships
September 5, 2009
Study finds higher pathogen loads in collapsed honeybee colonies
August 14, 2009
Honeybees in colonies affected by colony collapse disorder (CCD) have higher levels of pathogens and are co-infected with a greater number of pathogens than their non-CCD counterparts, but no individual pathogen can be singled out as the cause of CCD, according to a new study by researchers from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, other universities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service.
A new invasive insect species threatens Pennsylvania corn fields
August 12, 2009
Western bean cutworm has been found in Pennsylvania for the first time. This caterpillar species could develop into a significant pest of Pennsylvania field corn and sweet corn in the coming years.
Daily temperature shifts may alter malaria patterns
August 11, 2009
Daytime temperature fluctuations greatly alter the incubation period of malaria parasites in mosquitoes and alter transmission rates of the disease. Consideration of these fluctuations reveals a more accurate picture of climate change's impact on malaria.
Tom Baker selected as ESA Fellow
July 22, 2009
Congratulations to Dr. Tom Baker, Professor of Entomology, for being selected as ESA Fellow. The designation of Fellow recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Entomology. Dr. Baker will be specially recognized at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America.
The Xerces Society Receives Award from the NRCS Conservation Innovation Program
July 21, 2009
Xerces Society and multiple partners will work to understand and protect habitat for pollinators and other beneficial insects. In response to this concern the Natural Resource Conservation Service has awarded two grants to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
Research project to study weed-control methods for organic farming
July 1, 2009
Researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences -- funded by a grant of approximately $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture -- will study the interaction between weed, insect and soil-management methods for organic production of small grains, corn and soybeans.
Evolution-proof insecticides may stall malaria forever
June 11, 2009
Killing just the older mosquitoes would be a more sustainable way of controlling malaria, according to entomologists who add that the approach may lead to evolution-proof insecticides that never become obsolete.
Penn State Entomologist Wins Prestigious Wolf Award For Agriculture
May 21, 2009
A researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is the recipient of the prestigious 2008 Wolf Prize for Agriculture for his scientific contributions in the field of chemical ecology.
New Faculty Member Strengthens Honey Bee Research at Penn State
May 21, 2009
Dr. Christina Grozinger's research focuses on genomic analysis of chemical communication in honey bees, which is an important aspect of colony organization and health.
Penn State program promotes pollinator-friendly gardening
May 21, 2009
Honeybees across the country are dying by the millions due to Colony Collapse Disorder and other environmental factors. But homeowners and gardeners can chip in to promote healthy honeybee populations, thanks in part to the educational efforts of Penn State Master Gardeners.
Haagen-Dazs gift to support Penn State honeybee research
May 21, 2009
s the pollination season approaches in Pennsylvania and the Northeast, scientists at Penn State and elsewhere continue to seek answers to the decline of the nation's honeybees and other pollinators, which are critical to the production of $15 billion worth of crops in the United States. To assist in this effort, a major ice cream brand has stepped up to support honeybee research and education.
Novel Fungus Helps Beetles to Digest Hard Wood
May 21, 2009
A little-known fungus tucked away in the gut of Asian longhorned beetles helps the insect munch through the hardest of woods according to a team of entomologists and biochemists.
Research Continues As Honey Bee Losses Rise In U.S., Fall In Pa.
May 21, 2009
Colony Collapse Disorder continues to take a devastating toll on U.S. honey bee populations, but Pennsylvania beekeepers on average fared better than their counterparts nationally during this past winter.
Colony Collapse Disorder
May 21, 2009
Mid-Altantic Apiculture Research and Extension Consortium (MAAREC)
Scientists Zero in on Honey Bee Ailment
May 21, 2009
Researchers in the college are making progress in pinning down the causes of Colony Collapse Disorder, a mysterious ailment that threatens the beekeeping industry and the crops that rely on honey bee pollination.
The Case of the Missing Bees
May 21, 2009
How scientific sleuths at Penn State are helping to solve the mystery; Penn State Agricultural Magazine, Winter/Spring 2008.
Spring Seminar Schedule
May 21, 2009
Methuselah of the insect world to emerge in parts of Pennsylvania
May 21, 2009
Consumers step up to help honey bees (6/5/2008)
May 21, 2009
News Invasive Species DVD
May 21, 2009
Asthma Initiative Links Pest Control and Public Health
May 21, 2009
Take control of grubs in your lawn
May 21, 2009
Emerald Ash Borer Makes its Way into PA
May 21, 2009
Penn State Collaborations Help PA Growers
May 21, 2009
New Asthma Guidelines Stress Importance of Safe Pest Control
May 21, 2009
Bedbugs
May 21, 2009
Bug Bomb Blazes
May 21, 2009
Bees in Crisis
May 21, 2009
Planting for pollinators: It's the bee's knees
April 17, 2009
Whether you are a seasoned gardener or a novice green thumb, you can join the fight to save the honeybees by planting your own pollinator-friendly garden this spring, according to a horticulture specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Bjornstad receives Black Award for excellence in research
April 17, 2009
Ottar Bjornstad, professor of entomology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been chosen to receive the Alex and Jessie C. Black Award for Excellence in Research. The honor recognizes significant accomplishments in agricultural research at Penn State.
'Natural' nitrogen-fixing bacteria protect soybeans from aphids
April 14, 2009
An invasion of soybean aphids poses a problem for soybean farmers requiring application of pesticides, but a team of Penn State entomologists thinks a careful choice of nitrogen-fixing bacteria may provide protection against the sucking insects.
Ag Sciences graduate students receive university-wide awards
April 10, 2009
Three graduate students from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently received prestigious university-wide awards recognizing their research and teaching achievements.
Wyman's of Maine provides gift for Penn State honey bee research
March 26, 2009
The nation's largest grower of wild blueberries -- a crop that relies on honeybees for pollination -- has thrown its support behind Penn State research aimed at finding solutions to the health crisis facing the nation's honeybee colonies. Ed Flanagan, president of Wyman's of Maine, visited Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences Thursday (March 26) to present a check for $50,000 to support research on Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD, a mysterious ailment that has led to the disappearance of up to one-third of U.S. commercial honeybee hives since late 2006.
McPheron approved as dean of College of Agricultural Sciences
March 20, 2009
The appointment of Bruce A. McPheron, associate dean for research and graduate education at the University's College of Agricultural Sciences and director of the Pennsylvania Agricultural Experiment Station, as dean of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences was approved Friday (March 20) by the University's Board of Trustees. McPheron begins his tenure as dean effective July 1. He succeeds Robert D. Steele, who is stepping down after 12 years to return full-time to the college's faculty as a professor in the Department of Food Science.
Haagen-Dazs makes second gift for honey bee research and education
February 25, 2009
Haagen-Dazs has contributed a second gift of $125,000 to support ongoing and additional research and educational programs related to honey bees.
Climate change may alter Malaria patterns
February 14, 2009
Global climate change will affect daily temperature variations, which can have a more pronounced effect on parasite development, according to a Penn State entomologist.
Pesticide buildup could lead to poor honey bee health
January 1, 2009
Scientists look for innovations in mitigating pesticide contamination in the waxy structure of the hive.