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December 10, 2015

If you are familiar with the recent trend in augmented reality coloring pages, here is one we developed with a company called QuiverVision just for kids (young and not-so-young)!

December 4, 2015

Dicamba herbicide drift onto plants growing adjacent to farm fields causes significant delays in flowering, as well as reduced flowering, of those plants, and results in decreased visitation by honey bees, according to researchers at Penn State and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture.

December 1, 2015

Two Penn State researchers have been chosen to receive a grant through the Grand Challenges Explorations program, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Johanna Ohm, graduate student in biology, and Matt Thomas, professor and Huck Scholar in Ecological Entomology, will pursue an innovative global health and development research project titled "Insects feeding insects: An artificial hemolymph-based diet to rear Aedes/Anopheles mosquitoes."

November 30, 2015

America's beekeepers are having a rough time. They lost an estimated 42 percent of their hives last year.

November 24, 2015

Crop diseases, a major cause of famine, have always been diagnosed by visual inspection, though scientists today also use microscopes and DNA sequencing. But the first line of defense is still the keen eyes of farmers around the world, many of whom do not have access to advanced diagnostics and treatment advice.

November 20, 2015

What does being a healthy bee mean? The seven students selected for the 2015 Apes Valentes Awards had some very different ideas. To some of them, Apes Valentes (Latin for “healthy bee”) included bumble bees, others honey bees, and to another Japanese orchard bees. Some students sought to identify the flowering plant species that are most nutritious for bees, while others worked on developing new management approaches to help breed and maintain healthy bee populations.

November 2, 2015

Even as larvae, honey bees are tuned in to the social culture of the hive, becoming more or less aggressive depending on who raises them, researchers report in the journal Scientific Reports.

October 22, 2015

A new Penn State project aimed at improving the food system in East Africa by enhancing pollination services and promoting bee-derived products has received a Food Systems Innovation Grant from the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation, based at Michigan State University.

October 21, 2015

Chemical signaling among social insects, such as bees, ants and wasps, is more complex than previously thought, according to researchers at Penn State and Tel Aviv University, whose results refute the idea that a single group of chemicals controls reproduction across numerous species.

September 17, 2015

Pleas join us in congratulating the department’s multiple winners: Dr. Andy Deans, Mitzy Porras, Loren Rivera Vega, Flor E. Acevedo, Anjel Helms and Mehmet Ali Doke.

September 14, 2015

The issue contains 19 review articles from genomics to ecology, reviewing our current state of knowledge on pollinator health, and providing creative and concrete ideas for the next steps in tackling these issues.

August 26, 2015

Beekeepers have plenty of tough days. But urban beekeeper Steve Rapaski is not having one of those today.

August 21, 2015

This Lectureship was established in 1981 by ARS to honor the memory of Sterling B. Hendricks and to recognize scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the chemical science of agriculture. Hendricks contributed to many diverse scientific disciplines, including soil science, mineralogy, agronomy, plant physiology, geology, and chemistry. He is most frequently remembered for discovering phytochrome, the light-activated molecule that regulates many plant processes.

August 21, 2015

The AGRO Division has established an endowment fund in collaboration with Bayer CropScience that is used to promote an understanding of the role of chemistry in agriculture. To address this goal, awards are made through the Division’s Education Committee.

August 14, 2015

If you want to hang out with a bunch of bees, you'd better be prepared for a little pain. Mario Padilla, a honeybee researcher at Penn State University, can usually tell when his hives are getting agitated. But he's already been stung three times today. And he's about to get it again.

August 12, 2015

A local beekeeper is part of a federal grant breeding a new type of Queen bee which could change the future of beekeeping.

August 12, 2015

This is the 13th and final short news article written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.

August 6, 2015

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

August 5, 2015

If you want to hang out with a bunch of bees, you'd better be prepared for a little pain.

August 3, 2015

Families and youths accustomed to attending Penn State's Great Insect Fair each fall will need to adjust their schedules. For this year at least, the popular annual event will leave the Bryce Jordan Center and instead will be part of the 2015 Ag Progress Days expo, Aug. 18-20.