Student Research Spotlight - Luca Franzini
December 5, 2014
This is the 12th, and final, short news article written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Insecticides foster 'toxic' slugs, reduce crop yields
December 4, 2014
Insecticides aimed at controlling early-season crop pests, such as soil-dwelling grubs and maggots, can increase slug populations, thus reducing crop yields, according to researchers at Penn State and the University of South Florida.
Entomologists hope vigilance, research stop newly discovered spotted lanternfly
November 17, 2014
People seeing the spotted lanternfly for the first time are struck by its sometimes-flashy appearance. But don't let its colorful, butterfly-like veneer fool you, caution entomologists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Student Research Spotlight - Amanda Catena
November 14, 2014
This is the 11th of twelve short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
The Spotted Lanternfly, a New Insect Pest Detected in Pennsylvania
November 10, 2014
The spotted lanternfly is native to China, India, Japan, and Vietnam and has been detected for the first time in the United States in eastern Berks County, Pennsylvania.
Diet affects pesticide resistance in honey bees
November 3, 2014
Feeding honey bees a natural diet of pollen makes them significantly more resistant to pesticides than feeding them an artificial diet, according to a team of researchers, who also found that pesticide exposure causes changes in expression of genes that are sensitive to diet and nutrition.
Ph.D. student position available
November 3, 2014
The Schilder Laboratory at the Penn State University Departments of Entomology & Biology is seeking graduate students interested in understanding mechanisms that control phenotypic plasticity in insect locomotion and metabolism.
Bringing an eco-friendly message to the Green Mountain State
October 29, 2014
It may not come as a surprise that the “Green Mountain State” of Vermont is considered one of America’s greenest regions, in terms of its carbon footprint, energy efficiency, and air quality. If our Research On The Road trip to Vermont earlier this month is any barometer, let’s add bees to the list of things that matter deeply to Vermonters.
Student Research Spotlight - Brent Leibig
October 24, 2014
This is the 10th of twelve short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
ESA Presents First Class of Science Policy Fellows
October 17, 2014
In 2014, the Entomological Society of America (ESA) formed a program to support and develop scientists as visible and effective advocates for entomology and entomological research. The program will accept five new Fellows each year to serve two-year terms.
Conversation LIVE: Infectious Diseases - Now online!
October 16, 2014
Patty Satalia and guest experts Andrew Read and Jose Stoute look at the return of preventable diseases.
National Geographic: Mindsuckers - Meet Nature’s Nightmare
October 15, 2014
To Kelli Hoover and David Hughes of Penn State University and their colleagues, the climbing behavior of the caterpillars seemed like an exquisite example of an extended phenotype. By causing their hosts to move up in trees, the baculoviruses increased their chances of infecting a new host down below. To test Dawkins’s idea, they examined the genes in baculoviruses, to see if they could find one that controlled the climbing of caterpillars.
"Conversations LIVE" to discuss infectious diseases
October 9, 2014
On the next installment of WPSU-TV's "Conversations LIVE," disease experts Andrew F. Read and Dr. Jose A. Stoute will discuss the return of preventable diseases, the rise in drug resistant super-bugs and the evolution of new contagious outbreaks. Read and Stoute will join veteran host Patty Satalia for the discussion.
Student Research Spotlight - Kyle Burks
October 3, 2014
This is the 9th of twelve short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
BBC World Service Radio - Emerald Ash Borer Femme Fatale
September 24, 2014
Using bio-replication to create fake Emerald Ash Borer females to trap the male pests
"Femme fatale" emerald ash borer decoy lures and kills males
September 16, 2014
An international team of researchers has designed decoys that mimic female emerald ash borer beetles and successfully entice male emerald ash borers to land on them in an attempt to mate, only to be electrocuted and killed by high-voltage current.
Student Research Spotlight - Seung Ho Chung
September 12, 2014
This is the 8th of twelve short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Student Research Spotlight - Duverney de Jesus Chaverra Rodriguez
August 28, 2014
This is the 7th of twelve short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Fungus Manipulates Ants to Die Near their Nests, Ensuring New Hosts
August 20, 2014
A parasitic fungus that must kill its ant hosts outside their nest to reproduce and transmit their infection, manipulates its victims to die in the vicinity of the colony, ensuring a constant supply of potential new hosts, according to a new study published in PLOS ONE.
Native bacteria block Wolbachia from being passed to mosquito progeny
August 18, 2014
Native bacteria living inside mosquitoes prevent the insects from passing Wolbachia bacteria -- which can make the mosquitoes resistant to the malaria parasite -- to their offspring, according to a team of researchers.
Shelby Fleischer and David Biddinger part of consortium to help bees
August 7, 2014
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded $6.9 million to Michigan State University to develop sustainable pollination strategies for specialty crops in the United States.
Student Research Spotlight - Maggie Lewis
August 7, 2014
This is the 6th of twelve short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Families Celebrate the Impact of Butterflies at 'Wings in the Park'
July 25, 2014
Dr. Robert “Butterfly Bob” Snetsinger says there’s a long tradition of children playing in butterfly fields and catching them with nets, but the popular past-time has been slowly decreasing with the habitats of many wild butterflies.
Student Research Spotlight - Dana Roberts
July 25, 2014
This is the 5th of twelve short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Control strategy for Dengue, malaria increases risk of West Nile virus
July 15, 2014
Mosquitoes infected with the bacteria Wolbachia are more likely to become infected with West Nile virus and more likely to transmit the virus to humans, according to a team of researchers.
Flor Edith Acevedo receives student presentation award
July 14, 2014
Flor’s poster, titled “Plasticity of secreted saliva in a polyphagous lepidopteran insect and its effect on plant defense responses,” received the ISCE Student Presentation Award for best poster at the 2014 International Society of Chemical Ecology Meeting in Champagne-Urbana, Illinois.
Hive mentality: Penn State extension associate Maryann Frazier studying effects of pesticides on honeybees
July 7, 2014
Frazier, a Penn State senior extension associate with the university’s Center for Pollinator Research, is part of a team of scientists studying the effects of pesticides on honeybee colonies.
Student Research Spotlight - Raquel Gontijo de Loreto
July 3, 2014
This is the 4th of twelve short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Malaria parasite manipulates host's scent
July 2, 2014
Malaria parasites alter the chemical odor signal of their hosts to attract mosquitos and better spread their offspring, according to researchers, who believe this scent change could be used as a diagnostic tool.
Roush named new dean of College of Agricultural Sciences
July 2, 2014
Penn State announced today (July 2) that Richard Roush will be the new dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, pending approval by the University Board of Trustees at its July 11 meeting. His appointment is effective Oct. 1, 2014.
Parasite-free honey bees enable study of bee health
July 2, 2014
An international team of researchers has discovered honey bee colonies in Newfoundland, Canada, that are free of the invasive parasites that affect honey bees elsewhere in the world. The populations offer a unique opportunity to investigate honey bee health, both with and without interfering interactions from parasites.
Local gardens provide protection for threatened pollinators
July 1, 2014
After a long winter, summer finally has arrived. And with the new season comes the activity of pollinators -- birds, bees, butterflies and more.
Are You a Mosquito Magnet?
June 30, 2014
They're pesky creatures that always seem to ruin your backyard summer barbecue, but now researchers say they're closer to figuring out why.
Fogarty awards new infectious disease research training grants
June 13, 2014
To enhance infectious disease research training in low- and middle-income countries, NIH has awarded grants totaling $5.2 million to five institutions. Funding from Fogarty's Global Infectious Disease Research Training (GID) program will provide five years of support to new and ongoing projects in Colombia, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand and Uganda.
Student Research Spotlight - Erica Smyers
June 13, 2014
This is the 3rd of twelve short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Student Research Spotlight - Megan Wilkerson
May 23, 2014
This is the 2nd of twelve short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Honeybees show tipping points
May 22, 2014
Parasites, lack of food, cold snaps, pesticides, and poor management all can stress honeybee colonies, making it difficult to pin their collapse on a single source. However, in controlled field tests, honeybee colonies show evidence of Allee effects (a positive correlation between population size and individual fitness) and tipping points that are early warning indicators of collapse, MIT physics graduate student Lei Dai says.
ESA at the CNSF Exhibition & Reception in Washington, DC
May 21, 2014
On May 7, 2014, ESA members Gary Felton and Holly Holt visited Washington, DC to speak to lawmakers and to attend the Coalition for National Science Funding Exhibition & Reception, where they discussed their research and the importance of investment in federal science agencies, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support entomology research and training.
Colorful patterns of evolution mark butterflies and bumblebees
May 15, 2014
Biologist seeks to unravel the genetics behind adaptive radiation and mimicry.
Evan Pugh Professorships awarded to three Penn State faculty
May 14, 2014
Three Penn State faculty members have been named Evan Pugh Professors, the highest distinction bestowed by the University on its faculty. Including these most recent honorees, only 65 have received these professorships since the title’s inception in 1960.
Pollinators and Pesticide Sprays during Bloom in Fruit Plantings
May 12, 2014
Recently, there has been a lot of press related to pollinator health, and some troubling information indicates that certain fungicides, when used during bloom, can negatively affect the health of honey bees. This is a complicated problem with the solutions relying on understanding the detailed relationships among chemicals, pollinators and pest management needs. It is not prudent to treat this topic with a broad brush with statements such as "All neonicotinoid insecticides are bad for all pollinator species," or "No fungicides should be sprayed during bloom." Research is on-going, and we do not know all of the details yet.
Student Research Spotlight - Kevin Cloonan
May 2, 2014
This is the First of twelve short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Penn State researchers believe ants can offer human-disease insights
April 30, 2014
What can ants teach us about the transmission and spread of human disease? Perhaps a lot, according to a team of researchers who recently received a grant of more than $1.8 million from the National Science Foundation to explore this question.
East African honeybees are safe from invasive pests … for now
April 24, 2014
Several parasites and pathogens that devastate honeybees in Europe, Asia and the United States are spreading across East Africa, but do not appear to be impacting native honeybee populations at this time, according to an international team of researchers.
Kids can explore fascinating world of insects at Bug Camp
April 23, 2014
Children attending one summer camp this year will encounter a lot of bugs. But they won't have to pack insect repellent.
Christina Grozinger talks about bee research
April 18, 2014
Collapse of honeybee colonies may be caused by a number of factors. Christina Grozinger and her colleagues at Penn State's Center for Pollinator Research are looking for answers and we'll talk about some upcoming research on Food and Farm on America's Web Radio, brought to you by Feedstuffs FoodLink and Feedstuffs FoodLink - Connecting Farm to Fork
Bee Health is Crucial for Pollination
April 18, 2014
Regarding the challenges of the continuing decline of pollinators, Dr. Christina Grozinger said, "There is no one solution." Grozinger is a professor of entomology and director of the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State University.
Honeybees in East Africa Resist Deadly Pathogens
April 17, 2014
Bees in Kenya stay healthy despite parasites and viruses that collapse U.S. and European hives.
Bolden awarded 2014 Dutch Gold Scholarship
April 7, 2014
Victoria Bolden is the recipient of the 2014 Dutch Gold Scholarship in Honey Bee Health. Victoria is a senior undergraduate student, with a major in Horticulture and a minor in Entomology. Victoria has extensive experience in garden design and maintenance, and is interested in designing pollinator friendly gardens to conserve and expand pollinator communities. The Dutch Gold Scholarship will support her research efforts identifying attractive native plant species for honey bees.
Department founding member passes away
March 24, 2014
It is with sadness that I inform you that Stan Gesell passed away on March 21st. Stan was one of the founding members of our Department and made very important contributions to pest management of crop pests. Nearly a dozen of our fact sheets were authored by Stan and remain posted and relevant for today.
Ben Franklin announces winner of Big Idea business plan contest
March 21, 2014
A local startup’s Big Idea has won $25,000 from Ben Franklin Technology Partners. Nina Jenkins of Penn State’s Department of Entomology and her business partner, Giovani Bellicanta, have developed a patent-pending, nontoxic, bio-pesticide that successfully removes and further prevents bed bug infestations in homes and hotel rooms.
Researchers receive $1,137,000 to study threats to honey bees
March 4, 2014
Scientists in the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State have received three grants from the United States Department of Agriculture and National Science Foundation to study various threats to honey bees, including disease, pesticides, and the extinction and invasion of other species into their habitats.
Eight year old Finian Stroup raises funds to support Penn State bee health research
March 4, 2014
Last summer, Finian Stroup was inspired to save the bees. She read the Time Magazine cover article describing the massive losses of honey bee colonies around the world, and knew that she could make a difference. And in just a few months, the eight year old raised over $1000 to help support research on honey bee health, while also raising awareness of the plight of bees in her community.
Characterization of stink bug saliva proteins opens door to controlling pests
February 26, 2014
Brown marmorated stink bugs cause millions of dollars in crop losses across the United States because of the damage their saliva does to plant tissues. Researchers at Penn State have developed methods to extract the insect saliva and identify the major protein components, which could lead to new pest control approaches.
Environment influences ability of bacterium to block malaria transmission
February 14, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The environment significantly influences whether or not a certain bacterium will block mosquitoes from transmitting malaria, according to researchers at Penn State.
Asian longhorned beetles pheromone could be used to manage pest
February 14, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Female Asian longhorned beetles lure males to their locations by laying down sex-specific pheromone trails on tree surfaces, according to an international team of researchers. The finding could lead to the development of a tool to manage this invasive pest that affects about 25 tree species in the United States.
Entomology alumnus receives Presidential Early Career Award
February 14, 2014
Justin Runyon, a 2008 graduate of the Ph.D. program in entomology at Penn State, has received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
Wasps use ancient aggression genes to create social groups
February 11, 2014
Aggression-causing genes appeared early in animal evolution and have maintained their roles for millions of years and across many species, even though animal aggression today varies widely from territorial fighting to setting up social hierarchies, according to researchers from Iowa State University, Penn State and Grand Valley State University.
Professor Emeritus Ke Chung Kim to receive award
February 3, 2014
Ke Chung Kim, Professor Emeritus, Founding Curator of the Frost Entomological Museum and Former Founding Director of the Center for BioDiversity Research, has been chosen as the recipient of the Forensic Biology Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr Kim will be presented with the award at the Pathology/Biology Sections's 2014 Business Meeting at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle later this month.
Common crop pesticides kill honeybee larvae in the hive
January 28, 2014
Four pesticides commonly used on crops to kill insects and fungi also kill honeybee larvae within their hives, according to Penn State and University of Florida researchers. The team also found that N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) -- an inert, or inactive, chemical commonly used as a pesticide additive -- is highly toxic to honeybee larvae.
Parasite drives host to nectar
January 24, 2014
Mosquitoes carrying a malaria-causing parasite develop an increased desire for sugar. Baldwyn Torto of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology in Nairobi and his colleagues monitored the attraction of Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes (pictured) to plant odours and the investigative behaviour of the insects around nectar sources. In laboratory experiments, the authors showed that insects infected with Plasmodium falciparum parasites were more attracted to plant odours and demonstrated increased pre-feeding probing activity compared with uninfected individuals. Plant odours could be used to trap parasite-infected mosquitoes, the authors suggest.
Bjørnstad Named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
January 21, 2014
Ottar N. Bjørnstad, professor of entomology, biology, and statistics at Penn State University, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed by peers upon members of the AAAS, the world's largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science.
WPSU-TV’s next ‘Conversations LIVE’ to examine Lyme disease
January 15, 2014
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that three hundred thousand Americans contract Lyme disease every year, and the number of infections is growing. Contrary to popular belief, ticks transmit disease 12 months of the year, especially during winter! What can YOU do to prevent the tick-borne disease? On the next Conversations LIVE our experts will talk about preventing and treating Lyme disease. They’ll also take YOUR questions. Join us for Conversations LIVE: Lyme Disease.
The Nature of Things - Invasion of the Brain Snatchers
January 14, 2014
Published on Nov 6, 2013 (CBC News) - We like to believe we're in control. But if what we're discovering about parasites is anything to go by, who is really in control is a lot more complicated, and a lot more interesting, than we ever imagined.