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A Penn State-led research team is hoping to enlist insects as allies in an effort to make crops more tolerant of environmental stressors, after the crops are already growing in the greenhouse or field.

A nearly $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will support Penn State researchers in determining best management practices for organic beekeeping by comparing organic and chemical-free to conventional management systems. The funding comes from the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative of USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

The University has established general standards of professional ethics to serve as a reminder of the variety of obligations assumed by all members of the academic community. These professional ethics are set forth in the University Policy AD47. An additional policy, RA10, establishes a means of handling inquiries and/or investigations into questions of ethics in response to Federal regulations.

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Maine Forest Service announced that a new species of wasp has been found in Maine. Hillary Morin Peterson of Brunswick Maine discovered a new species of Pteromalidae wasp while conducting her thesis work in collaboration with the Maine Forest Service. The new discovery is detailed in a recently published paper.

Refereed, Scientific Journal Articles (2010 - present)

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Mitchell, R. F., Hall, L. P., Reagel, P. f., McKenna, D. D., Baker, T. C., and Hildebrand, J. G.

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Hillier, N. K. and Baker, T. C. (2016)

In a macabre discovery, scientists have found that a parasite, which creates armies of zombie ants, does so by hijacking their bodies—not their brains as was previously thought.

When: December 8, 2017, 11:15 AM - 12:05 PM
Where: 101 ASI Building

Kristi Montooth, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

When: November 17, 2017, 11:15 AM - 12:05 PM
Where: 101 ASI Building

Art Evans, Virginia Commonwealth University

The Entomological Society of America is pleased to announce the winners of its 2017 awards. The awards recognize scientists, educators, and students who have distinguished themselves through their contributions to entomology. Winners were honored at Entomology 2017, November 5-8, in Denver, Colorado.