Researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences -- funded by a grant of approximately $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture -- will study the interaction between weed, insect and soil-management methods for organic production of small grains, corn and soybeans.
Killing just the older mosquitoes would be a more sustainable way of controlling malaria, according to entomologists who add that the approach may lead to evolution-proof insecticides that never become obsolete.
A researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is the recipient of the prestigious 2008 Wolf Prize for Agriculture for his scientific contributions in the field of chemical ecology.
Honeybees across the country are dying by the millions due to Colony Collapse Disorder and other environmental factors. But homeowners and gardeners can chip in to promote healthy honeybee populations, thanks in part to the educational efforts of Penn State Master Gardeners.
s the pollination season approaches in Pennsylvania and the Northeast, scientists at Penn State and elsewhere continue to seek answers to the decline of the nation's honeybees and other pollinators, which are critical to the production of $15 billion worth of crops in the United States. To assist in this effort, a major ice cream brand has stepped up to support honeybee research and education.
A little-known fungus tucked away in the gut of Asian longhorned beetles helps the insect munch through the hardest of woods according to a team of entomologists and biochemists.
Colony Collapse Disorder continues to take a devastating toll on U.S. honey bee populations, but Pennsylvania beekeepers on average fared better than their counterparts nationally during this past winter.
Mid-Altantic Apiculture Research and Extension Consortium (MAAREC)
Researchers in the college are making progress in pinning down the causes of Colony Collapse Disorder, a mysterious ailment that threatens the beekeeping industry and the crops that rely on honey bee pollination.
How scientific sleuths at Penn State are helping to solve the mystery; Penn State Agricultural Magazine, Winter/Spring 2008.
Whether you are a seasoned gardener or a novice green thumb, you can join the fight to save the honeybees by planting your own pollinator-friendly garden this spring, according to a horticulture specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Ottar Bjornstad, professor of entomology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been chosen to receive the Alex and Jessie C. Black Award for Excellence in Research. The honor recognizes significant accomplishments in agricultural research at Penn State.
An invasion of soybean aphids poses a problem for soybean farmers requiring application of pesticides, but a team of Penn State entomologists thinks a careful choice of nitrogen-fixing bacteria may provide protection against the sucking insects.
Three graduate students from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently received prestigious university-wide awards recognizing their research and teaching achievements.
The nation's largest grower of wild blueberries -- a crop that relies on honeybees for pollination -- has thrown its support behind Penn State research aimed at finding solutions to the health crisis facing the nation's honeybee colonies. Ed Flanagan, president of Wyman's of Maine, visited Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences Thursday (March 26) to present a check for $50,000 to support research on Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD, a mysterious ailment that has led to the disappearance of up to one-third of U.S. commercial honeybee hives since late 2006.