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August 12, 2009

Western bean cutworm has been found in Pennsylvania for the first time. This caterpillar species could develop into a significant pest of Pennsylvania field corn and sweet corn in the coming years.

August 11, 2009

Daytime temperature fluctuations greatly alter the incubation period of malaria parasites in mosquitoes and alter transmission rates of the disease. Consideration of these fluctuations reveals a more accurate picture of climate change's impact on malaria.

July 22, 2009

Congratulations to Dr. Tom Baker, Professor of Entomology, for being selected as ESA Fellow. The designation of Fellow recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Entomology. Dr. Baker will be specially recognized at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America.

July 21, 2009

Xerces Society and multiple partners will work to understand and protect habitat for pollinators and other beneficial insects. In response to this concern the Natural Resource Conservation Service has awarded two grants to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

July 1, 2009

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.

June 11, 2009

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.

May 21, 2009

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.

May 21, 2009

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.

May 21, 2009

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.

May 21, 2009

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.

May 21, 2009

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.

May 21, 2009

Mid-Altantic Apiculture Research and Extension Consortium (MAAREC)

May 21, 2009

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.

May 21, 2009

How scientific sleuths at Penn State are helping to solve the mystery; Penn State Agricultural Magazine, Winter/Spring 2008.

April 17, 2009

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.