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December 19, 2016

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.

December 7, 2016

Neonicotinoids -- the most widely used class of insecticides -- significantly reduce populations of predatory insects when used as seed coatings, according to researchers at Penn State. The team's research challenges the previously held belief that neonicotinoid seed coatings have little to no effect on predatory insect populations. In fact, the work suggests that neonicotinoids reduce populations of insect predators as much as broadcast applications of commonly used pyrethroid insecticides.

December 6, 2016

The federal government is putting a big chunk of funding into an agriculture project at Penn State. Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture unveiled a $6.7 million catalog of grants going to 18 different projects, most at universities around the country. The projects all address how the agro-ecosystem affects food production.

November 29, 2016

Do you know where your food comes from? If you enjoy crisp apples, juicy tomatoes, and plump berries, thank a farmer, thank a scientist, and thank a bee. We need strong, healthy and diverse bee populations to provide pollination for us to eat our most healthful foods. While we can all thank a bee, the Penn State undergraduate students who received the 2016 Apes Valentes Undergraduate Research awards directly contributed to our understanding of how to keep bees healthy.

November 29, 2016

What made these women strap on bee bonnets and venture into the world of another species? An undergraduate research project examines the sting of undervalued gender-related labor.

November 22, 2016

The IPE program will train graduate Fellows to holistically tackle issues in pollinator health and ecology. Fellows will develop integrative research, education and outreach programs that span multiple disciplines - from genomics to land management – and interface with diverse stakeholder groups. Fellows will develop skills to respond to current and emerging challenges in pollinator health, sustainable, agriculture and conservation.

November 17, 2016

Sarah McTish, a senior in Agriculture Sciences, minor in Entomology at Penn State, and current Pennsylvania Honey Queen was awarded the 2016 Dutch Gold Honey Scholarship. Thanks to the generous donation of William and Kitty Gamber from Dutch Gold Honey in Lancaster PA, undergraduate students each year are afforded the opportunity to work in a premier honey bee research lab and receive a scholarship.

November 14, 2016

Harnessing the power of a plant hormone and a common soil element could help farmers fight crop-munching caterpillars.

November 7, 2016

University President Eric Barron shared some Invent Penn State success stories with the Board of Trustees at its meeting Friday (Nov. 4), held at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus.

November 3, 2016

In 2005, New York City officials discovered Asian long-horned beetles in Central Park elms. To combat these pernicious pests, which can destroy entire forests, park personnel sprayed insecticides known as neonicotinoids on tens of thousands of trees infested by that beetle and another invasive pest, known as the emerald ash borer.

October 25, 2016

The "Great Insect Fair" at Penn State is a great way to explore the natural world and learn about the role bugs play in the ecosystem and the food chain.

September 28, 2016

As part of Penn State's continuing dedication to develop excellence in the area of infectious disease dynamics, we seek to strengthen the Department of Entomology with a scientist whose program is focused on arthropods and vertebrate diseases.

September 15, 2016

What do traditional gender roles of women and domestic work have in common with the non-visible labor of honeybees? Through her $4500 Apes Valentes Undergraduate Research Award, Christina Dietz, who is double-majoring in visual arts and psychology, spent her summer drawing connections between the two. What she found is that, in both subjects, the value of labor is lessened based on the lack of visibility it receives.

September 15, 2016

During this time of year, thousands of students and alumni gather around Beaver Stadium to tailgate the afternoon away before a home football game. Just a few feet away from the tailgating grounds, some smaller members of the Penn State community are working hard not to grill burgers, but to produce honey.

September 12, 2016

Penn State's Department of Entomology welcomed young and old to learn about, hold, and even eat a wide-variety of insects at the annual Great Insect Fair on Sept. 10.

September 9, 2016

Penn State President Eric J. Barron’s monthly WPSU show returns for its third season when it airs at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, on WPSU-TV.

September 9, 2016

The Department of Entomology, College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking an enthusiastic scientist to lead efforts on identification of arthropod pests, which impact biosecurity, food security, and public health.

September 7, 2016

On Tuesday August 2, 2016, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced this year's Specialty Crop Research and Extension Investments (SCRI) funded projects. These grants are funded through the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). IR-4's Executive Director, Jerry Baron, is proud to announce that two of these projects were awarded to IR-4's Ornamental Horticulture Program based at Rutgers University.

September 6, 2016

The Pennsylvania State University’s Department of Entomology is seeking a post-doctoral research associate to coordinate and conduct research and extension activities in a multi-disciplinary project to investigate the effects of crop, cover crops, and soil characteristics on the fungus, Metarhizium, a soilborne insect pathogen and plant-protective endophyte, in an organic agronomic cropping system.