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2010

Invasive pest danger closer than you think
December 3, 2010
In Australia, when crossing from one state to another, travelers may encounter a quarantine stop and may be required to forfeit recently purchased fruits and vegetables as a hedge against invasive pests. But in the U.S., crossing state lines is freewheeling, according to researchers from the U.S., Australia and New Zealand, who evaluated the threat of invasive pests to states from within the country.
Penn State and PA Beekeepers cooperate to start the “Pennsylvania Queen Project”
November 4, 2010
There has been considerable research demonstrating the benefits of both increasing genetic diversity of our honey bee stocks and selecting for strains of bees that are resistant to the effects of Varroa and other diseases.
Researchers seek elusive answers to stink-bug infestations
October 19, 2010
With apologies to William Shakespeare, something is -- or, more accurately, smells -- rotten in the state of Pennsylvania, and in other states across the country.
$1.4 million grant to fund research on alternative pollinators
October 15, 2010
Fruits and nuts are high-value crops in the Mid-Atlantic states and are being heavily impacted by honeybee shortages for pollination. A new $1.4 million grant from the USDA NIFA Specialty Crops Research Initiative (SCRI) program to Penn State will look into future impacts on fruit pollination and the development of alternative pollinators to supplement honeybees.
Genetically altered corn helps nonmodified crop by killing pests
October 8, 2010
Transgenic corn's resistance to pests has benefited even nontransgenic corn, according to agricultural researchers and entomologists.
Science by the Billboard: Gigapixel Images Featured In Gallery Show at Carnegie Museum of Natural History
October 4, 2010
PITTSBURGH A "bait ball" of salema fish swirling off the Galapagos Islands, one of the world's largest Adelie penguin colonies basking on an Antarctic beach and ancient petroglyphs in northern Saudi Arabia depicting hunters and their prey are three of the arresting scientific panoramas selected for a juried gallery show in conjunction with the Fine International Conference on Gigapixel Imagery for Science.
Great Insect Fair Draws Crowd
October 4, 2010
Visitors flocked to Penn State's Great Insect Fair on Saturday, Oct. 2. Sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences' Department of Entomology, the fair featured games, educational displays, insect-related arts and crafts, a butterfly tent, an insect petting zoo and of course, the Insect Fair's insect deli, where visitors were able to sample "chocolate chirpies" (chocolate-covered crickets.)
On the Trail of the Stink Bug
September 23, 2010
On Wednesday, September 22, nearly 14,000 people visited our college’s website to learn about the brown marmorated stink bug.
'Bugs are Green' at Penn State's Great Insect Fair
September 20, 2010
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Discover how bugs help us recycle at Penn State's Great Insect Fair, being held on Oct. 2.
First International Pollinator Conference a Success
September 13, 2010
Top researchers, government officials and representatives of organizations from around the world traveled to University Park in July to present their latest findings on honey bees and other pollinators at the inaugural International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Heath and Policy hosted by the Penn State Center for Pollinator Research.
First International Pollinator Conference a Success
September 13, 2010
Top researchers, government officials and representatives of organizations from around the world traveled to University Park in July to present their latest findings on honey bees and other pollinators at the inaugural International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Heath and Policy hosted by the Penn State Center for Pollinator Research.
Video: Pollinator research ramps up as bee colony numbers decline
August 10, 2010
Penn State held the first International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy, on July 24-28, 2010.
$100,000 endowment will aid undergraduate honeybee research
July 26, 2010
Penn State's efforts to address Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a nationwide phenomenon in which the adult honeybees of a hive disappear, often spelling death for the colony, will benefit from a gift of $100,000 to aid pollinator research.
Liwang Cui Receives $14.5 Million Grant to Lead International Malaria Center
July 13, 2010
A researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will lead a seven-year, $14.5 million project to fight malaria in Southeast Asia.
Dennis vanEngeldorp on Good Morning America
July 6, 2010
Honey Bees and Ice Cream
New grant to support integrated pest management in Pennsylvania
June 18, 2010
The Pennsylvania IPM Program recently received a multi-year grant to continue its mission to reduce pesticide use in agricultural and urban settings. The grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institutes for Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA), will help PA IPM further it's extension and outreach efforts to promoted integrated pest management practices that are economical and protect human health and the environment. The program will work with in both rural and urban areas to provide technologies, resources and educational opportunities across the state.
USDA Begins National Survey of Honey Bee Pests and Diseases
June 9, 2010
WASHINGTON, June 7, 2010 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the beginning of a 13-state survey of honey bee pests and diseases conducted cooperatively by USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Pennsylvania State University (PSU). The survey will help USDA scientists to determine the prevalence of parasites and disease-causing microorganisms that may be contributing to the decline of honey bee colonies nationwide.
Entomology graduate fellowship to honor apiarist Lorenzo L. Langstroth
June 9, 2010
Penn State has received a $250,000 gift to endow a graduate fellowship in entomology in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Entomology graduate fellowship to honor apiarist Lorenzo L. Langstroth
June 9, 2010
Penn State has received a $250,000 gift to endow a graduate fellowship in entomology in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Justin George, PhD Candidate in Entomology, receives Pi Chi Omega Scholarship
May 28, 2010
Recognizing the need for college-trained men and women in the field of urban and industrial pest management, Pi Chi Omega makes available 3 or 4 $2,000 scholarship awards to entomology students majoring in urban and industrial pest management or some closely related plan of study. The object is to encourage and assist outstanding students to prepare for careers in Pest Management.
Penn State receives Grand Challenges Explorations grant
May 27, 2010
Penn State received a $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant will support an innovative global health research project conducted by Consuelo De Moraes, associate professor of entomology, titled "Scent of Disease: Diagnostic for Malaria Infection in Humans."
Penn State initiative, BREAD grants focus on African agriculture
May 27, 2010
Africa is home to about 1 billion people, and a recent report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) indicates as many as 30 percent of them suffer from chronic hunger or malnutrition. A new initiative announced by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is aimed at working with African institutions to ease this human suffering while enhancing food and economic security through agricultural research and education.
Penn State Adjunct Professor of Entomology, Sandy Liebhold, to Receive IUFRO Scientific Achievement Award 2010
May 17, 2010
Dr. Andrew M. "Sandy" Liebhold has been selected as a recipient of the IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations) Scientific Achievement Award 2010. The award consists of a medallion, a certificate, and travel to the IUFRO XXIII World Congress to be held in Seoul South Korea in August 2010 where the achievement award will be presented.
New Penn State initiative, BREAD grants put spotlight on African agriculture
May 14, 2010
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Africa is home to about 1 billion people, and a recent report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) indicates as many as 30 percent of them suffer from chronic hunger or malnutrition. A new initiative announced by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is aimed at working with African institutions to ease this human suffering while enhancing food and economic security through agricultural research and education.
Preliminary Results: Honey Bee Colonies Losses in the U.S., winter 2009-2010
April 22, 2010
Registration Now Open - Advanced Bug Camp for Kids
April 9, 2010
You've experienced Bug Camp, done the 4-H entomology project, helped out at the Great Insect Fair, and still have not gotten your fill of bugs. Is there anything more? Now there is--Advanced Bug Camp For Kids!
Register Now for the International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy Hosted by The Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State
March 12, 2010
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The first International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Heath and Policy is being hosted by the Penn State Center for Pollinator Research on July 24-28, 2010 at the University Park campus.
Register Now for the International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy Hosted by The Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State
March 12, 2010
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The first International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Heath and Policy is being hosted by the Penn State Center for Pollinator Research on July 24-28, 2010 at the University Park campus.
Dr. Paul R. Heller Obituary
February 22, 2010
PAUL R. HELLER, Professor of Entomology, passed away on 19 January 2010 in State College, PA, after a long and valiant fight against cancer which lasted for over 1½ years.
Chemical Ecology Summer Course Offered at Penn State
February 17, 2010
An internationally renowned course on insect chemical ecology will be held this summer for the first time in the United States at Penn State’s Center for Chemical Ecology
Registration Open for the International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy Hosted by The Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State
February 1, 2010
Registration is now open for the first International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Heath and Policy being hosted by the Penn State Center for Pollinator Research July 24-28, 2010 at the University Park campus.
Registration Open for the International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy Hosted by The Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State
February 1, 2010
Registration is now open for the first International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Heath and Policy being hosted by the Penn State Center for Pollinator Research July 24-28, 2010 at the University Park campus.
Bee research shows benefits of native plants, wild bees
February 1, 2010
As scientists struggle to come to grips with Colony Collapse Disorder, a mysterious disease threatening to wipe out domesticated honeybees in the United States, they have begun to cast a worried eye towards wild bees -- trying to gauge their numbers, health and ecological status.
Dr. Paul Heller passes away.
January 27, 2010
After a long struggle with cancer, Dr. Paul Heller passed away on January 19, 2010. We have lost a very dear friend and colleague.
Dr. Thomas Baker Named as a University Distinguished Professor
January 21, 2010
Dr. Thomas Baker has been named a University Distinguished Professor on the basis of his exemplary performance in research in chemical ecology and entomology.