Graduate Student Recruitment Weekend
December 17, 2012
January 31st through February 2nd 2013 - By invitation only - Travel expenses for eligible applicants will be paid by the Penn State Entomology Department. Apply by January 6th for priority consideration!
Plant sniffs out danger to prepare defenses against pesky insect
December 17, 2012
A plant may start to prime its defenses as soon as it gets a whiff of a male fly searching for a mate, according to Penn State entomologists.
Research finds effective treatment for bedbugs
December 11, 2012
Researchers at Penn State recently found one of the most effective treatments for killing bedbugs that could be hiding in your room.
Faculty named Fellows of AAAS
November 30, 2012
Six Penn State faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Undead-End: Fungus That Controls Zombie-Ants Has Own Fungal Stalker
November 28, 2012
A specialized parasite fungus can control ants' behavior. But that fungus also faces its own deadly, specialized parasites
Natural fungus may provide effective bedbug control
November 21, 2012
"And don't let the bedbugs bite" is no longer a harmless adage. In reality today, these bloodthirsty bugs infest thousands of homes. According to a team of Penn State entomologists, biopesticides -- naturally occurring microorganisms -- might provide an answer to this pest problem.
Announcing the 2013 International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy
October 24, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State will be hosting the second International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy from August 14-17, 2013. The conference will be held at Penn State’s campus in University Park, PA.
Consortium received $1.6 million to study pollination of specialty crops
October 15, 2012
Shelby Fleischer and David Biddinger are members of a US-wide consortium of researchers and Extension specialists who received funding from the USDA to study pollination of multiple specialty crops in different regions throughout the country.
Penn State Entomology Students, Faculty Recognized
October 12, 2012
Numerous awards were recently presented to faculty, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students in the Entomology department in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Students and faculty in the department are future leaders in many aspects of entomology, both domestically and internationally. These awards recognize their accomplishments and potential.
Graduate Fellowships - Insect Systematics and Evolution, Pennsylvania State University
October 5, 2012
Multiple graduate opportunities are available for students interested in insect evolution, especially phylogenetics, descriptive taxonomy, comparative morphology, biodiversity informatics, collections science, and evolutionary-developmental biology and evolutionary genomics.
Pollinator Gardens in Centre County Pennsylvania
October 2, 2012
Several public pollinator gardens have been developed in recent years throughout Centre County. These gardens not only display the breathtaking diversity of pollinators and pollinator-friendly plants, but can also serve as examples for homeowners, commercial businesses, and growers interested in developing pollinator-friendly gardens and habitat on their properties.
2012 Dutch Gold Honey Undergraduate Research Award Recipients Announced
September 25, 2012
Megan Snyder, a sophomore studying Immunology and Infectious Disease with a minor in Entomology and Christina Folmar, a junior studying Agroecology at the University Park campus are the recipients of the 2012 Dutch Gold Honey Undergraduate Research Award.
Penn State's Great Insect Fair moves to the Bryce Jordan Center
September 21, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Organizers of "The Greatest Insect Show on Earth" are planning their biggest event yet.
The Buzz About Queen Rearing
August 31, 2012
WPSU recently aired a story about the Penn State Queen Rearing Workshop, the PA Queen Breeding Program, and the associated Penn State research on queen rearing and honey bee stock improvement. The story can be streamed online here:
Penn State Extension launches new online beekeeping course
July 6, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Beginner and experienced beekeepers and those thinking about taking up backyard beekeeping can get the information they need to be successful from Beekeeping 101, a new online beekeeping course offered by Penn State Extension.
Watch for armyworm in corn, wheat and grass
June 14, 2012
Pennsylvania farmers and homeowners should remain aware of possible armyworm infestations that could continue to appear within the next week in hay pastures, grain fields and lawns near agricultural fields.
Minnesota adding a sticky new tool in the fight against emerald ash borer
May 30, 2012
ST. PAUL, Minn – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is rolling out a new monitoring technique in the hunt for emerald ash borer (EAB). The new approach is designed to lure any male EAB beetles in the area into a sticky trap as they search for a mate.
PCN Call-In Program: Stink Bugs
May 14, 2012
Guests include John Tooker, Shelby Fleischer, and Steve Jacobs, all with the Penn State University, Department of Entomology.
Invasion of Wolbachia into Anopheles and Other Insect Germlines in an Ex vivo Organ Culture System
May 8, 2012
The common bacterial endosymbiont Wolbachia manipulates its host's reproduction to promote its own maternal transmission, and can interfere with pathogen development in many insects making it an attractive agent for the control of arthropod-borne disease. However, many important species, including Anopheles mosquitoes, are uninfected.
Penn State Graduate Student Examines Bee Health in Brazil
May 8, 2012
Michael Freiberg recently graduated with a BSc and MSc from the Department of Entomology. He visited the University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil, in May and June of 2011, with support from the College of Agricultural Sciences International Office.
'Zombie-ant' fungus is under attack, research reveals
May 3, 2012
A parasite that fights the zombie-ant fungus has yielded some of its secrets to an international research team led by Penn State's David Hughes. The research reveals, for the first time, how an entire ant colony is able to survive infestations by the zombie-ant fungus, which invades an ant's brain and causes it to march to its death at a mass grave near the ant colony, where the fungus spores erupt out of the ant's head. "In a case where biology is stranger than fiction, the parasite of the zombie-ant fungus is itself a fungus -- a hyperparasitic fungus that specializes in attacking the parasite that turns the ants into zombies," Hughes said. The research will be published in the journal PLoS ONE.
Penn State Graduate Students in Entomology Featured at Speaker Series
April 19, 2012
Thursday, March 15, Boys’ Latin students joined students from University City High School for the monthly Science Speaker Series.
The Global Pollinator Crisis
April 10, 2012
Lecture by Christina Grozinger in the 2012 Penn State Frontiers in Science lecture series, is now available online
Applications now being accepted for the Dutch Gold Honey Scholarship
April 9, 2012
The Penn State Department of Entomology is seeking undergraduate student applicants for the Dutch Gold Honey Scholarship for honey bee research.
Entomology Minor Awarded Internship
March 28, 2012
Entomology Minor Salvatore Anzaldo (Biology) has been awarded an internship in the 2012 Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Research Experiences in Washington DC.
Entomology Minor Receives Grant
March 28, 2012
Entomology Minor Mr. Spencer Malloy (Philosophy, AgroEcology) has received a 2012 Undergraduate Summer Discovery Grant from Penn State University.
Entomology Minor Wins Competition
March 28, 2012
Entomology Minor Ms. Angela Hoover (Biology) won the undergraduate student competition at the 2012 Gamma Sigma Delta Research Exposition.
2012 Penn State Queen Rearing Workshop
February 24, 2012
We will be hosting our second annual Queen Rearing Workshop at Penn State from June 2-3, 2012.
Registration for the Center for Pollinator Research Symposium is now open
February 23, 2012
The symposium will be held on May 21, 2012, and will feature presentations from Center members and regional collaborators from the NE IPM Center Pollinator Working Group. Topics will include basic and applied research, extension and outreach related to pollinators.
Alexandra Herestofa receives the 2011 Dutch Gold Honey Scholarship
February 1, 2012
In 2010, honey distributor Dutch Gold Honey and William and Kitty Gamber, of Lancaster, Pa., each contributed $50,000 to endow a fund to support undergraduate research in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Asian Longhorned Beetle Trapping Workshop
January 19, 2012
Following five years of research and development, a trapping system for the Asian longhorned beetle will be tested on a broad scale this summer following a workshop on how to deploy and monitor the trap.