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Andrew F. Read, Ph.D., Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology and Eberly Professor of Biotechnology, was the keynote speaker for this year's Graduate School commencement ceremony held on May 7, 2017.

Pennsylvania has one of the highest bee colony losses in the country, with about 45 to 50 percent of colonies dying. Scientists are researching colony collapse disorder and trying to stop it. You can help. There are two citizen science projects in the research lab of Margarita Lopez-Uribe, Penn State extension apiculturist.

The allium leafminer (also known as the onion leafminer) has recently been confirmed from infested leeks and onions collected in December 2015 from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. This is the first confirmed infestation in the Western Hemisphere. Your assistance is needed for monitoring and controlling this new invasive species.

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Highlights: Growing Degree Day Totals, Bud Break, Potential for Frost Damage, Pine Needle Scale, Elongate Hemlock Scale, Needle Casts Of Douglas-Fir, and Spruce Needle Diseases