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December 19, 2013

Populations of European corn borer (ECB), a major corn crop pest, have declined significantly in the eastern United States, according to Penn State researchers. The decline suggests that the use of genetically modified, ECB-resistant corn hybrids -- an expensive, yet effective, solution that has been widely adopted by farmers -- may now be unnecessary in some areas.

December 12, 2013

Maryann Frazier from Penn State University talks about how tree fruit growers can help honeybee populations by reducing pesticides and fungicides at the 2013 Great Lakes Expo in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Dec. 10, 2013. (TJ Mullinax/Good Fruit Grower magazine)

November 27, 2013

Seven Penn State faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

November 26, 2013

Penn State University's Center for Chemical Ecology is pleased to announce a summer course in Insect Chemical Ecology called ICE 14 that will be conducted on the Penn State campus June 1 -15, 2014

November 25, 2013

There has been a huge increase in bedbug infestations – in homes, hotels, dorm rooms and even movie theaters. Once a pest of the past, bedbugs now infest every state in the U.S. Many bedbugs are now resistant to pesticides, so getting rid of these pests is neither easy nor cheap.

(Photo Credit) Bernardo Niño
November 13, 2013

Queen bees convey honest signals to worker bees about their reproductive status and quality, according to researchers at Penn State, North Carolina State University and Tel Aviv University, who say their findings may help to explain why honey bee populations are declining.

November 7, 2013

Andy Deans is searching high and low for a 130-year-old insect. He knows it’s around here somewhere — but among the nearly 2 million insect specimens in the collection room of Penn State’s Frost Entomological Museum — the museum’s oldest specimen could be anywhere.

November 6, 2013

February 6th through February 9th 2014 - By invitation only - Travel expenses for eligible applicants will be paid by the Penn State Entomology Department. Apply by January 10th for priority consideration!

Adult lily leaf beetle.
September 19, 2013

The lily leaf beetle was recently identified by Penn State ornamental extension entomologist, Greg Hoover, and confirmed by state and federal regulatory agencies as a new ornamental insect pest in Pennsylvania.

September 17, 2013

Penn State researchers have demonstrated that there are significant differences in the toxicity of pesticides to honey bees and orchard bees, and found that commonly applied mixtures of pesticides are substantially more toxic than individual pesticides.

September 12, 2013

Some symbiotic bacteria living inside Colorado potato beetles can trick plants into reacting to a microbial attack instead of a chewing herbivore, according to a team of Penn State researchers who found that the beetles with bacteria were healthier and grew better.

September 12, 2013

The Entomological Society of America is pleased to announce the winners of its 2013 awards. The awards will be presented at Entomology 2013, ESA's 61st Annual Meeting in Austin, TX from November 10-13, 2013.

September 12, 2013

The Entomological Society of America (ESA) is proud to announce the winners of the 2013 Entomology Student Travel Grants. These travel grants, which will help entomology students attend Entomology 2013 – ESA's Annual Meeting in Austin this November – are funded by USDA-NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Program on Plant-Associated Insects and Nematodes. The grants were created to provide financial support to graduate students for new networking, presentation, and research opportunities

September 12, 2013

The Governing Board of the Entomological Society of America has elected ten new Fellows of the Society for 2013. The election as a Fellow acknowledges outstanding contributions to entomology in one or more of the following: research, teaching, extension, or administration. The following Fellows will be recognized during Entomology 2013 -- ESA's 61st Annual Meeting -- which will be held November 10-13, 2013 in Austin, Texas:

September 10, 2013

Induced plant defenses in response to herbivore attack are modulated by cross-talk between jasmonic acid (JA) - and salicylic acid (SA) - signaling pathways.

September 6, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The majority of our agricultural crops depend on pollinators, however pollinators are facing a number of stressors in their environment. These stressors and approaches to mitigating their effects were the focus of the 2nd International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy held recently at Penn State.

August 30, 2013

Depictions of science in television and movies can affect individual health decisions, influence public policy, and inspire imagination. Practicing scientists who consult for the entertainment industry aim to help accurately communicate complex scientific topics, without forgetting that the story is king.

August 30, 2013

Guests include: Edwin Rajotte, professor of entomology at Penn State, Erik Stokstad, staff writer for Science and Brenda Eskenazi, professor at the school of public health at the University of California Berkeley.

Tea tortrix larvae on tea leaf Image: Hiroshi Suenaga, Kagoshima tea plantation
August 14, 2013

Temperature-driven changes alter outbreak patterns of tea tortrix – an insect pest – and may shed light on how temperature influences whether insects emerge as cohesive cohorts or continuously, according to an international team of researchers. These findings have implications for both pest control and how climate change may alter infestations.