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2017

Plant 'smells' insect foe, initiates defense
August 28, 2017
It cannot run away from the fly that does it so much damage, but tall goldenrod can protect itself by first "smelling" its attacker and then initiating its defenses, according to an international team of researchers.
The Morning Mixtape: Insects! Bugs!
August 9, 2017
John Tooker and Elizabeth Rowen from the Penn State Department of Entomology talk about insects: what they are, why we need them, and why reaching for your shoe when you see a bug might not be the right move. This is the first installment of a monthly entomology series that will air on the second Wednesday of each month.
Summer internship with Dan Wisniewski
July 21, 2017
This summer has been full of insects, corn, soy, and so much dirt! I am Dan Wisniewski a rising sophomore majoring in Plant Science with a minor in Environmental Resource Management at Penn State.
Podcast: Collateral Neonic Impacts
July 11, 2017
Neonicotinoids (neonics) are a class of insecticides based on natural plant compounds that disrupt the insect nervous system. They are used because they have relatively low toxicity on non-insects. They are applied as seed coatings, so when a seed germinates the water-soluble insecticides are taken up and mobilized throughout the plant, providing protection against insects that feed on it. The strategy decreases the need for aerial spraying of broad-spectrum insecticides.
We are not that far from Bryn Mawr
June 27, 2017
Kyra joined us for the summer and she kinda likes it.
Scientists to study how soil health is influenced by pest-management tactics
June 19, 2017
An entomologist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study and compare how various pest-management regimes affect the health of soils.
Slugging it out with a new contender in the GMO debate
June 8, 2017
It was the closest thing you get to a blind date between a scientist and a journalist.