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.
The appointment of Bruce A. McPheron, associate dean for research and graduate education at the University's College of Agricultural Sciences and director of the Pennsylvania Agricultural Experiment Station, as dean of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences was approved Friday (March 20) by the University's Board of Trustees. McPheron begins his tenure as dean effective July 1. He succeeds Robert D. Steele, who is stepping down after 12 years to return full-time to the college's faculty as a professor in the Department of Food Science.
Haagen-Dazs has contributed a second gift of $125,000 to support ongoing and additional research and educational programs related to honey bees.
Global climate change will affect daily temperature variations, which can have a more pronounced effect on parasite development, according to a Penn State entomologist.
Scientists look for innovations in mitigating pesticide contamination in the waxy structure of the hive.