Pollinators are declining rapidly throughout the world, and researchers are scrambling to figure out why. To assist Pennsylvania's beekeepers, growers and others as they face this crisis, the Department of Entomology at Penn State has created a new faculty position that will be responsible for conducting research, education and outreach on pollinator health, conservation and management.
It would have been easy — maybe too easy — to assume that the group of young ladies meandering through the mulch in the small park outside of Memorial Field on Tuesday were admiring the bed of pretty pink flowers.
Penn State Postdoc Society (PSPS) is pleased to announce the 2015 outstanding postdoc and 2015 outstanding postdoc mentor awards.
Ancestors of American honey bees shed light on pollinator health - The honey bearers arrived in the early 17th century, carried into the United States by early European settlers. Apis mellifera--the name truly translates as bee honey-bearer, though they are better known as honey bees.
Bees do more than just sting, make honey and buzz. In fact, these insects have a proven positive effect on our ecosystems. A national strategy was created to save honeybees and other pollinators because of this impact and Penn State Brandywine is now an important part of the movement.
This is the 9th of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Researchers believe that long term honey bee declines are a result of a complex set of factors. The primary suspects are: poor nutrition, pesticides, pathogens/ parasites, and poor quality genetic stock. Here we will consider recent research results describing how pesticides might affect pollinators.
In Fall 2014, the Entomological Society of America (ESA) initiated the Science Policy Fellows program. Five Fellows were chosen that year: Marianne Alleyne, Jamin Dreyer, Anders Huseth, Rayda Krell, and Ariel Rivers. But what exactly is this program? The inaugural class of Fellows recently returned from a trip to Washington, DC, where they met with legislators and their staff to talk about ESA and the importance of entomology. The Fellows share their experiences below:
This is the 8th of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Scientists look at how to use insect’s antiviral response to control viruses and parasites in crops and bee colonies
The American Physiological Society (APS) is pleased to announce its 2015 Integrative Organismal Systems Physiology (IOSP) Fellows. Fellowship winners spend the summer in the laboratory of an established scientist and APS member. The IOSP program recruits undergraduate students nationwide from disadvantaged backgrounds and from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and students with disabilities to work with APS member-researchers in the National Science Foundation IOS mission area of comparative and evolutionary physiology research, which looks at the similarities and differences of various species of living organisms.
Two out of state agricultural biotechnology companies came away with $12,500 in funding Tuesday after winning a pitch contest at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.
This is the 7th of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
This is the 6th of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Penn State Evan Pugh Professor Andrew Read – Director of the Huck Institutes' Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics – has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.
This is the 5th of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Domestic honey bees hives are down by 59% compared to 60 years ago with rapid declines over the last forty years. This long term decline was punctuated by recent average losses of 30% per winter since 2006. The populations of some native bee species may also be declining.
Pollinators need a diverse, abundant food source and a place to build their nests and rear their young. As land managers, if we keep these two elements in mind we can encourage native bee populations.
Approximately three quarters of our major food crops are pollinated. At the same time domestic honey bees hives are down by 59% compared to 60 years ago. Here we will look at how wild bees provide insurance against ongoing honey bee losses. Keep a look out for upcoming articles on factors affecting pollinators and ways farmers can promote pollinator health.
Dr. Joe Louis is recognized for his significant contributions to the field of plant insect interactions, as well as for his demonstrated excellence in outreach, public service, mentoring and teaching. Joe’s research work has shown that specific elicitors delivered by insects are recognized by plants to induce innate defense mechanisms. His research publications are in high impact journals, and these publications have excellent citation records. Joe has trained and mentored many students from high school through PhD level, and he has taken multiple leadership roles in outreach activities. He has been very active in scientific society activities, and he has organized many symposia at several national and regional meetings. For his significant contributions at different stages of his career, he has received many awards from different organizations.