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July 25, 2016

“Oohs” and “ahhs” filled the air as Penn State Master Gardener Doug Ford released about 50 monarch butterflies into Snetsinger Butterfly Garden.

July 22, 2016

Matt has been selected as a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America. Election as a Fellow acknowledges outstanding contributions to entomology in one or more of the following: research, teaching, extension, or administration. The Fellows will be recognized during the the 2016 International Congress of Entomology, which will be held September 25-30, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.

July 22, 2016

This is the 12th of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.

July 19, 2016

In this photo gallery, Penn State Extension Master Gardener Martha Moss has shared tips and pointers for constructing your very own pollinator-friendly garden, a project that can help pollinators in your neighborhood to thrive. To learn more about creating a pollinator-friendly garden, keeping your own bees and more, visit the Penn State Center for Pollinator Research

July 19, 2016

An apple orchard in full bloom: for many, a simple harbinger of spring. But for David Biddinger and his colleagues and graduate students at Penn State’s Fruit Research and Extension Center, the delicate blooms carry the promise of a future in which bees and pesticides can do their work in harmony at fruit farms across the nation. Their work is part of ongoing efforts across the College of Agricultural Sciences and throughout the University to develop a holistic approach to pollinator health, an area in which Penn State has built a strong reputation.

July 18, 2016

Elina Lastro Niño's curiosity about honey bees dates back to her childhood in Bosnia, where her father kept bees for a time. After perhaps one bee sting too many, her father gave up his bees, and Niño's interest in honey bees waned — but not her fascination with insect biology.

July 18, 2016

Air pollutants interact with and break down plant-emitted scent molecules, which insect pollinators use to locate needed food, according to a team of researchers. The pollution-modified plant odors can confuse bees and, as a result, bees' foraging time increases and pollination efficiency decreases. This happens because the chemical interactions decrease both the scent molecules' life spans and the distances they travel.

July 8, 2016

This is the 11th of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.

June 28, 2016

Invasive insects and pathogens could be a multi-billion-dollar threat to global agriculture and developing countries may be the biggest target, according to a team of international researchers.

June 28, 2016

Bumble bees have discriminating palettes when it comes to their pollen meals, according to researchers at Penn State. The researchers found that bumble bees can detect the nutritional quality of pollen, and that this ability helps them selectively forage among plant species to optimize their diets.

June 24, 2016

This is the 10th of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.

June 17, 2016

Although more than 1,000 new beekeepers have registered in Pennsylvania since 2014, it is unclear how big a contribution they are making.

June 15, 2016

A pair of grants worth more than $2 million will enable Penn State researchers to study how microbial parasites control the behaviors and characteristics of their animal hosts.

June 10, 2016

This is the 9th of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.

June 3, 2016

Studies show that the honeybee population has diminished rapidly over the past decade. This decline is due to colony collapse disorder, a syndrome defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as “a dead colony with no adult bees and with no dead bee bodies, but with a live queen, and usually honey and immature bees, still present.” The cause is unknown, although research has pointed to a variety of factors, including poor nutrition for the bees, the overuse of pesticides and exposure to parasites.

June 1, 2016

Taught by Penn State Entomology graduate students, Bug Camp for kids gives campers a chance to explore the world of insects, go on field trips, decorate t-shirts, make insect art and crafts, and play educational games.

June 1, 2016

Andrew Read: Evan Pugh Professor of Biology & Entomology, Eberly College of Science Distinguished Senior Scholar & Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics Director

May 27, 2016

This is the 8th of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.

Philip Moore, Research Technologist in the Grozinger Lab, removes a large swarm from a linden tree on the Penn State campus. The cluster of thousands of bees was easy to remove since the branch they were on was already broken by the weight.
May 26, 2016

The recent swarms on the Penn State campus have come from managed roof colonies. Although swarming bees look quite frightening and dangerous to onlookers, the bees are actually quite docile and are not prone to stinging.

May 24, 2016

Bees and bee health are still making headlines, and sorely needed research results are finally starting to emerge. In early May, Horticultural Research Institute participated in a research symposium at Penn State University where early results from several research projects relevant to pollinator health were shared.