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2019

Fighting An Insect Invasion With... An Insect Invasion
November 14, 2019
The spotted lanternfly is eating its way through trees and crops in eastern Pennsylvania. NPR science correspondent Dan Charles explains how scientists hope to stop the spread of this invasive pest by importing a natural enemy from its home in China.
Open Position - Assistant/Associate Professor of Arthropod Vector Biology and/or Ecology
November 13, 2019
he Department of Entomology at Penn State invites applications for an Assistant Professor/Associate Professor in the area of Arthropod Vector Biology and/or Ecology with a focus on the field ecology of vectors and their role in disease transmission. This is a nine-month tenure track position with a 75% research and 25% teaching appointment. Expertise that will complement existing departmental strengths in Epidemiology, IPM, chemical ecology, vector biology, genomics or disease ecology is desired.
Beescape Monthly Update for November
November 12, 2019
First for this month, we want to announce some current and upcoming changes to the Beescape site!
Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association promotes cross-pollination of ideas in panel discussion ‘Do you want to save the bees?’
November 12, 2019
This November, beekeepers from across Pennsylvania traveled to State College to discuss the state of the industry, provide training to new beekeepers, and to learn about recent scientific advances in bee research.
Frost Entomological Museum reopens after renovations, renewal
November 8, 2019
After being closed to the public for more than six years, Penn State's Frost Entomological Museum has reopened with new and improved exhibits, storage facilities, and research capacity, much to the delight of school groups and insect enthusiasts.
Pollinator project will complement Penn State solar power initiative
November 7, 2019
A unique undertaking in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences will shine a light on how solar farms can contribute to healthy ecosystems and boost pollinator populations.
Scorpion hitches a ride in potted plant
October 30, 2019
Holly Egan’s jungle-like home decor became a bit too authentic for her taste this week when a “very angry” house guest arrived at her Mercer home by way of a potted plant.
After this mushroom transforms ants into zombies, their bodies explode
October 30, 2019
An Ophiocordyceps dipterigina mushroom on a fly in the Brazilian forest reserve Adolfo Ducke. – João Araújo on the New York Times. Some are looking for the origin of our species. Others hunt for the origin of birds.
Two Maryland counties under quarantine amid spotted lanternfly invasion
October 30, 2019
The spotted lanternfly’s U.S. invasion has crossed the border from Pennsylvania into Maryland.
Pollinator project will complement Penn State solar power initiative
October 30, 2019
A unique undertaking in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences will shine a light on how solar farms can contribute to healthy ecosystems and boost pollinator populations.
What are those bees doing at your library?
October 25, 2019
Recently, bumble bees have been visiting libraries and museums around Pennsylvania. The bees have been helping families learn about the life sciences and how scientists study how bees and other animals live and are adapted to their environments.
After This Fungus Turns Ants Into Zombies, Their Bodies Explode
October 24, 2019
Evolutionary biologists retrace the history of life in all its wondrous forms. Some search for the origin of our species. Others hunt for the origin of birds.
Truckers Advised to Watch for Invasive Spotted Lanternfly
October 24, 2019
State and federal agriculture officials in several Northeastern states are having limited success in containing the spread of the spotted lanternfly, an invasive insect from China threatening billions of dollars in crop losses.
The Frost Museum’s Metamorphosis: Museum Reopens in Time for 50th Anniversary
October 21, 2019
After entering the museum, visitors who head toward the left wall will encounter a great swarm of insects. The pinned specimens are arranged in 16 repurposed insect drawers, configured in a four-by-four grid. Looking closer, visitors will observe that the insects are clustered, not randomly—but according to their taxonomic group. The eagle-eyed may notice that the size of each cluster is proportional to that group’s diversity: a cloud of flies, a battalion of beetles, a mass of moths and butterflies; just a smattering of scorpionflies, a handful of stick insects. Within the multitudes, 100 specimens are adorned with a number corresponding to a poster with more information about that species.
‘Extremely terrified:’ Wineries in Bucks facing threat from spotted lanternfly
October 17, 2019
The invasive pest has killed vines and forced the closure of wineries in Berks and Lehigh counties. Bucks County is already seeing damages, as researchers study a nearby vineyard with an eye toward solutions.
Spotted lanternflies pose serious threat to vineyards in Pa.
October 17, 2019
Pennsylvania is the fourth largest producer of wine in the country, but there's a serious threat affecting some of the vineyards in our area.
How you can help prevent an invasive bug from making Pittsburgh home
October 17, 2019
Tailgates, football games and festivals. It's a busy time for people to be zig-zagging across Pennsylvania and that's causing new fears from the state. They don't want an invasive bug, the spotted lanternfly catching a ride into our area.
Speakers to discuss hungry plants, explosive beetles and the scent of fear
October 11, 2019
Interactions between insects, predators and plants may be difficult to observe, but they contain powerful clues to how we could save our crops and natural spaces. Enter the world of entomology, where plants and beetles are the masters of natural chemical weapons and the risk of being eaten is real.
Graduate student outreach showcases a world with and without insects at the 2019 PSU Great Insect Fair
October 10, 2019
Penn State Entomology graduate students were able to bring aspects of their research to the public at the annual Great Insect Fair (GIF). Located in the Snider Agricultural Arena, the GIF theme for 2019 was “A world with(out) insects” and students were able to showcase what our world would look like without some key critters and certainly what outreach efforts look like with graduate students at the forefront.
PSU gets $7.3 million grant for spotted lanternfly research
October 9, 2019
Spotted lantern flies have been destroying fruit trees and vineyards in the Philadelphia area.
Penn State receives $7.3 million grant to advance spotted lanternfly research
October 8, 2019
A $7.3 million grant awarded to Penn State will support an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional team of researchers as they conduct research and develop strategies to combat the spotted lanternfly.
Nanoporous Antireflection Coatings secures $75,000 in tech tournament
October 8, 2019
Invent Penn State's Tech Tournament is a showcase of disruptive technologies and early-stage companies
Stomp and squish: Pennsylvanians battle ‘nightmare’ bugs
October 3, 2019
In the Great Spotted Lanternfly War, Pennsylvania’s citizen-soldiers are fighting back with fly swatters and vacuums, dish soap and sticky tape. They’re stomping and spraying and zapping and bragging about their kills on social media. “DESTROY THEM,” a propaganda poster urges. “Die, die, die, spotted lanternfly,” a balladeer sings.
Invasive Insect That Sucks the Life Out of Crops Is Spreading
October 3, 2019
The spotted lanternfly is damaging Pennsylvania vineyards and threatening other farm goods and trees. Researchers are looking at a fungus and tiny wasps as options to kill it.
Biopesticide holds promise in grounding spotted lanternfly
October 3, 2019
Researchers testing a biopesticide to control spotted lanternfly in areas of Norristown Farm Park this past summer are encouraged by the results and say they may have discovered a very effective weapon to stamp out the invasive pests.
Beescape Monthly Update for October
October 1, 2019
With summer now behind us and autumn nectar flows drawing to close, your honey bees will likely spend less time foraging as the temperature continues to drop.
Beescape Monthly Update for September
October 1, 2019
As the fall season approaches, we at Beescape hope you’ve all had a productive spring/summer
Seeking one Master’s student
October 1, 2019
The Barbercheck Lab is seeking one Master’s student to start in the Summer or Fall of 2020.
Idiosyncratic Insects
September 27, 2019
I didn’t think it would happen to me, but I have become one of those parents. You know the ones: the type who are always bragging about their children’s latest achievements, proudly showing photos to anyone who displays even the vaguest interest, and vocally declaring that their progeny are geniuses.
Be a Professional: Attend to the Insects
September 27, 2019
What kinds of ethical considerations, if any, are relevant to research, management, or conservation efforts involving insects? What limits might be appropriate for those actions? These are questions we ask as members of a profession—one that’s devoted to the study of certain organisms.
Marjorie A. Hoy: Undaunted Pioneer, Eminent Scholar
September 27, 2019
Marjorie A. Hoy is internationally recognized for her groundbreaking research with the first laboratory-modified natural enemy deployed in a pest management program. The natural enemy had been genetically improved through selection to be resistant to three pesticide classes. Hoy is also highly regarded for the development of classical biological control of invasive pests of Florida citrus.
Expert explains why there are so many dragonflies
September 26, 2019
Rudolf Schilder, assistant professor of entomology at Penn State University, took some time to explain why Pennsylvania residents are seeing so many dragonflies this month. He studies dragonfly factors that impact their flight performance, usually in a laboratory.
World without insects envisioned at Penn State’s Great Insect Fair
September 26, 2019
With a theme of “Living With(out) Insects,” the 2019 edition of Penn State's Great Insect Fair will explore the widely publicized, worldwide decline of insects from 10 a.m. to 4 pm. Saturday, September 28, at the Snider Agricultural Arena on the University Park campus.
We Must Destroy the Spotted Lanternfly, a Useless Garbage Insect
September 26, 2019
Desperate times call for desperate measures. The Pensylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) is waging an all-out war on a tiny insect called the spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula). Researchers at the Beneficial Insects Introduction Research Unit (BIIRU), a subdivision of the PADA, in Newark, Delaware, have come up with a plan to eradicate the invasive insect once and for all, using a curious weapon: wasps.
‘Squash It! Smash It!’: Pennsylvania Implores Residents to Kill an Invasive Bug on Sight
September 26, 2019
Hordes of spotted lanternflies are flapping through the state, threatening agriculture. “They jump, they’re big, they’re scary,” one Pennsylvanian said. “It’s like all of your worst nightmares coming to fruition.”
Diversity statement shows Department of Entomology's commitment to inclusivity
September 26, 2019
The Department of Entomology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences is committed to fostering an inclusive environment for all members of the department, and the faculty, students, postdocs and staff wanted to make clear that this commitment was not just “lip service.”
Indiana in the Morning Interview: Christina Grozinger
September 25, 2019
Christina Grozinger is the director of the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State. She joined us to talk about the health of Pennsylvania's bee population, and how we can help.
Survey aims to help citizens protect themselves from vector-borne illnesses
September 23, 2019
Penn State Extension has established a new vector-borne disease team that focuses on diseases transmitted by ticks and mosquitos. To ensure that its efforts address community needs, the team is launching a survey, the results of which will allow extension educators to deliver responsive programming to educate the public on vector-borne diseases, how to prevent them, and how people can protect themselves.
Penn State's Great Insect Fair imagines a world without bugs
September 23, 2019
If asked whether they would be happy in a world without insects, some people might answer in the affirmative. But such a scenario would be disastrous for Earth and its inhabitants, according to entomologists.
How Maine Companies, Conservationists Are Helping Native Pollinators Thrive
September 19, 2019
You may have heard it said that just about every third bite of food you take was made possible by a bee. Bees are required in the production of everything from apples to zucchini, and even important cattle feeds such as alfalfa require bees for pollination.
A fruitful new partnership for farmers and pollinators
September 19, 2019
No bees, no berries. For Bruce Hall, that’s the bottom line. “In our industry, we have a flower, and we want it to become a berry,” explained Hall, an agronomist for Jasper Wyman & Son. Better known as “Wyman’s of Maine,” purveyors of wild blueberries and other frozen fruits.
This Bee-Focused Gen Ed That Could Save The World
September 19, 2019
The oft-memed slogan “save the bees” has been all the buzz for several years now, but who is actually making an effort to save one of the planet’s most important insects?
PSU expert explains why there are so many dragonflies
September 19, 2019
Dr. Rudolf Schilder, assistant professor of entomology at Penn State, took some time to explain why Somerset County residents are seeing so many dragonflies this month. He studies dragonfly flight and factors that impact their flight performance, usually in a laboratory.
How a Childhood Project Inspired a Life-Long Career
September 19, 2019
Michael Skvarla, Ph.D., is an extension educator and the director of the Insect Identification Laboratory at the Pennsylvania State University. While a Pennsylvania native, he graduated with his B.S. from Purdue University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas, all in entomology. His graduate studies and experience at the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, Maryland, give him a broad background that comes in handy when a particularly unique specimen is submitted for identification.
Vineyards Facing An Insect Invasion May Turn To Aliens For Help
September 19, 2019
Walking around a park near Allentown, Pa., I didn't even notice the bugs at first. Then Heather Leach arrived. She's an insect expert from Penn State University.
Philadelphia Police: Please Stop Calling 911 Over Spotted Lanternfly Sightings
September 19, 2019
Philadelphia police have issued a public service announcement: Please do not contact authorities if you see a Spotted Lanternfly. Instead, the department said on Twitter that the insects are not a police issue and Philly should welcome “our new insect overlords.”
Spotted Lanternfly Research: There now are answers to some questions
September 11, 2019
When the new invasive species known as the spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) was first identified in Berks County, Pennsylvania in 2014, only a few facts were known about the insect: it is a plant hopper native to China, India, Japan and Vietnam, and the one-inch-long insect prefers to feed on the sap of grapevines, apple and stone fruit trees, hardwood trees including maple, as well as more than 70 additional species. Because of its fondness for grapevines, the spotted lanternfly (SLF) immediately became a concern for the grape and wine industry in Pennsylvania and neighboring states.
Backyard warriors ready for lanternfly egg-laying season — but experts say check the facts first
September 11, 2019
The tail-end of summer means the moth-like spotted lanternfly will begin laying its eggs in a few weeks. Many Pennsylvania and New Jersey residents aren’t taking the threat of the invasive species lightly, and are increasingly going out of their way to kill the critters and their larvae.
Penn State entomologists join project to track historical parasite populations
September 10, 2019
A multi-institutional effort to document and digitize the historical population dynamics of arthropod parasites will draw on Penn State entomological expertise and collections.
Penn State, Lightsource BP break ground on largest solar project in Pennsylvania
September 9, 2019
Solar farms will provide energy and pollinator habitat
Are We Safe From the Real World Parasite that Inspired ‘The Last Of Us’?
September 5, 2019
When it comes to horror, there’s nothing more terrifying than the plausible. As much as we love cowering from supernatural scares, when we leave the cinema, we do so knowing that vampires aren’t really going to hurt us. That a vengeful spirit probably isn’t lurking behind the counter at our local Starbucks.
What are those nests in the trees along Interstate 83?
September 5, 2019
As you've been driving around York County, especially along Interstate 83, you might have noticed thick webs in some of the trees.
As spotted lanternfly control ramps up, Penn State, researchers find possible biopesticide
September 5, 2019
Penn State is requiring all employees who travel in and out of any of the 14 counties included in the invasive spotted lanternfly “quarantine zone” for work to receive training and carry spotted lanternfly kits.
There's fungus among us, and it might kill off the spotted lanternfly in Pa.
September 5, 2019
As Pennsylvania continues to lose ground in the war against the spotted lanternfly, a new hope is on the horizon.
Everyone Plays a Role in the Fight Against Spotted Lanternfly
September 5, 2019
We write in reply to a letter in the Aug. 24 issue of Lancaster Farming from Travis Martin, who asked about our collaborative efforts to contain and manage spotted lanternfly infestations.
Penn State asks visitors to help 'stop the spread' of spotted lanternfly
September 4, 2019
This is the time of year when thousands of students, families and football fans are coming to University Park, and Penn State officials want to make sure those visitors are not transporting the spotted lanternfly, an invasive insect that is threatening the northeastern U.S., especially southeastern Pennsylvania.
Half a billion dead honey bees in Brazil show what happens when you roll back pesticide regulations
August 30, 2019
Insecticides kill insects. It should be no surprise, then, that in Brazil, which has seen a 27% increase in pesticide sales since last year, roughly 500 million honey bees were found dead in piles across four states in early spring. The country’s pesticide use has grown by 770% between 1990 to 2016, as reported by Bloomberg.
Graphene film promising for blocking mosquitoes
August 30, 2019
Health officials are touting a new protection against bloodsucking insects amid reports of a rare mosquito-borne disease that has infected four people in Massachusetts, killing one woman.
Philadelphia has a mysterious critter found nowhere else. Meet the volunteers tracking it.
August 30, 2019
Her other options exhausted, Sonia Jung reached for the self-closing forceps. Neither the reed of grass, the cotton swab, nor the nylon foam had been enough to lure one of Philadelphia’s most secretive animals.
What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like? Here’s Exactly How to Spot the Symptoms
August 30, 2019
Waking up with a fresh set of itchy bug bites can bring on its own set of worries. What, exactly, was biting you in the middle of the night? Was it a spider? Mosquito? Or—possibly the worst case scenario — could it have been bed bugs?
Green and spiky creature found at Pennsylvania state park isn’t an alien. It’s a hickory horned devil
August 30, 2019
Marten Edwards knows just what to say when friends come to him and admit that they think they’ve seen an alien.
Penn State scientists may have discovered way to control invasive spotted lanternfly
August 30, 2019
A pest that sparked quarantines across the region and struck terror into the hearts of fruit farmers, timber exporters, and homeowners may have met its match.
ESA Names Winners of 2019 Professional and Student Awards
August 29, 2019
The Entomological Society of America congratulates the winners of its 2019 awards. The awards recognize scientists, educators, and students who have distinguished themselves through their contributions to entomology.
Penn State employees traveling in lanternfly quarantine zone must take training
August 28, 2019
Stopping the spread of the spotted lanternfly, one of the most destructive pests to hit the U.S. in years, is a priority for Pennsylvania.
Research predicts stability of mosquito-borne disease prevention
August 27, 2019
More than half of the people in the world, including in the United States, live alongside Aedes aegypti — the mosquito that transmits dengue, Zika and other often deadly viruses. Dengue virus, alone, infects nearly 400 million people worldwide each year. To reduce transmission of dengue to humans, scientists have introduced Wolbachia bacteria to A. aegypti mosquitoes. Now a team of international researchers has found that Wolbachia’s ability to block virus transmission may be maintained by natural selection, alleviating concern that this benefit could diminish over time.
Ten Entomologists Honored as Fellows of the Entomological Society of America
August 26, 2019
The Governing Board of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) has elected 10 new Fellows of the Society for 2019. Election as a Fellow of ESA acknowledges outstanding contributions to entomology in research, teaching, extension and outreach, administration, or the military.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs for Good, According to Experts Who Study Them
August 26, 2019
Follow these steps to banish bed bugs from your home and prevent an infestation in the first place.
Organic control of spotted lanternfly is focus of study by Penn State, Cornell
August 21, 2019
Could soilborne fungi found nearly everywhere in North America be the kryptonite that can help control the spotted lanternfly?
Survey aims to help citizens protect themselves from vector-borne illnesses
August 21, 2019
Penn State Extension has established a new vector-borne disease team that focuses on diseases transmitted by ticks and mosquitos. To ensure that its efforts address community needs, the team is launching a survey, the results of which will allow extension educators to deliver responsive programming to educate the public on vector-borne diseases, how to prevent them, and how people can protect themselves.
Spotted lanternfly a real pest
August 15, 2019
Pennsylvania agriculture communities need residents to help stamp out an invasive species responsible for decimating fruit crops in eastern and central counties, a Penn State University spokesman said.
Asian longhorned beetle larvae eat plant tissues that their parents cannot
August 13, 2019
Despite the buzz in recent years about other invasive insects that pose an even larger threat to agriculture and trees — such as the spotted lanternfly, the stink bug and the emerald ash borer — Penn State researchers have continued to study another damaging pest, the Asian longhorned beetle.
Government leaders to take the pulse of industry, public at Ag Progress Days
August 13, 2019
Elected officials and leaders of government agencies will use the opportunity afforded by Penn State's Ag Progress Days, set for Aug.13-15, to inform — and get feedback from — the public and industry stakeholders about agricultural programs and policy priorities at the state and federal levels.
Spotted lanternfly could become a problem here
August 8, 2019
Spotted lantern flies are not a problem in Tioga County, and the state Department of Agriculture would like to make sure they don’t become one.
This invasive bug is terrorizing Pennsylvania growers (and it’s coming for your wine)
August 2, 2019
In Amityville, Pennsylvania, 10 acres of grapevines sprawl across the family-owned Manatawny Creek Winery. Owner Darvin Levengood is no stranger to vineyard pests. But he was met with calamity in the fall of 2017 when grape pickers were bombarded by swarms of a new invasive insect, the Spotted Lanternfly. Winery guests couldn’t drink on the open porch without finding the bug, and its “honeydew,” in their glass.
5 years into the spotted lanternfly invasion
August 2, 2019
The insect fluttered around her garden, a strange, pretty bug with mottled red, tan and gray wings, and Piper Sherburne admired its beauty.
Parasitic deer flies are more widespread than we thought
August 2, 2019
Deer keds – flat-bodied flies with grabbing forelegs and deciduous wings that are parasites on deer – are more widely distributed across the U.S., and Pennsylvania, than previously known.
Our view: Pa. must contain spotted lanternfly
August 2, 2019
Experts and Gov. Tom Wolf toured an area near Harrisburg on Tuesday to inspect the harm wreaked by the colorful, menacing spotted lanternfly. As they did, at least one researcher was already looking hundreds of miles past that damage to the potentially dire implications for Erie County.
Over 100 educators attend the 2019 Penn State Pollinator In-service Meeting
August 1, 2019
Penn State Extension and the Center for Pollinator Research hosted a two-day in-service meeting in July 2019 to train Extension Educators and Master Gardeners on the latest information about pollinator diversity, health, and management.
Yard and Garden Area at Ag Progress Days expands offerings
July 31, 2019
Creating pollinator-friendly landscapes again will be the focus of the Yard and Garden Area at Ag Progress Days, Aug. 13-15, but many other activities will be going on there, as well.
Investigating the Zombie Ant's "Death Grip"
July 29, 2019
Researchers dissected the jaws of ants infected with the Ophiocordyceps fungus to determine how the fungus hijacks the ants' behavior. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Arboretum at Penn State to celebrate 10th anniversary with Gala in the Gardens
July 26, 2019
Dinner and dancing will highlight a Gala in the Gardens event from 5:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the opening of The Arboretum at Penn State’s H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens.
There’s been a ‘dramatic increase’ of this tick-borne illness in Centre County
July 25, 2019
Centre County has seen a “dramatic increase” in hospitalizations over the past two years for an infectious bacterial disease primarily spread by deer ticks, according to a Mount Nittany Physician Group infectious disease specialist.
Cross-pollination between educators and researchers at the 2019 APPL-RED workshop
July 24, 2019
The 2019 Authentic Plant Pollinator Landscape Research for Educators (APPL-RED) Workshop at Penn State attracted thirteen K-12 educators from across Pennsylvania and beyond (one educator is currently teaching in the Spangdahlem region in Germany). The workshop allowed educators to work closely with members of Penn State’s Center for Science and the Schools and Center for Pollinator Research.
Student travels to Washington to share passion for international agriculture
July 24, 2019
Sulav Paudel, a doctoral candidate in entomology and in international agriculture and development in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, traveled to Washington, D.C., in June to participate in two conferences aimed at advancing international agriculture and rural development.
Plants defend against insects by inducing 'leaky gut syndrome'
July 23, 2019
Plants may induce "leaky gut syndrome" — permeability of the gut lining — in insects as part of a multipronged strategy for protecting themselves from being eaten, according to researchers at Penn State. By improving our understanding of plant defenses, the findings could contribute to the development of new pest control methods.
Food for thought: Using an evidence-based approach to manage honey bees in light of wild bee declines
July 17, 2019
Honey bees are critical for crop pollination in the United States. The US is the first global producer of almonds and blueberries, and both of these crops require large numbers of managed honey bee colonies to maximize yields.
Governor Wolf Joins Front Lines in Battle Against Spotted Lanternfly
July 17, 2019
Governor Tom Wolf and Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding were in Harrisburg to view the treatment being conducted across the Commonwealth concerning Spotted Lanternflies. They were joined by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA), Penn State University, and USDA at a Harrisburg site populated with Spotted Lanternflies.
State officials ask for public’s help combating spotted lanternfly
July 17, 2019
Pennsylvania state officials are asking for the public’s help in controlling the spotted lanternfly — an invasive insect that is both a nuisance and a threat to crops.
State Officials Warn Residents to be Aware of Spotted Lanternfly
July 17, 2019
Pennsylvania is facing a bug problem. It’s the first state to be inhabited by the Spotted Lanternfly, and the little bug is causing a big issue. It may seem harmless, but the the insect is causing damage to Pennsylvania’s trees and crops, which is negatively affecting the agriculture industry, and quality of life for residents
#Beetech: Azavea and Penn State made a tool to see ‘bee’s eye view’ of hive environments
July 17, 2019
Pennsylvania’s beekeepers can now get even closer to their six-legged friends. In April, Penn State University, with the help of Callowhill-based geospatial technology company Azavea, released a new tool called Beescape where keepers can get the buzz on their hives (sorry) with a “bee’s eye view” of their environment.
PlantVillage gives undergraduate a chance to help feed the world via technology
July 16, 2019
Coming from the small town of Limeport, near Allentown, a young Annalyse Kehs may not have thought much about international agriculture or feeding the world. But thanks to a project called PlantVillage, the Penn State rising senior not only is helping to address world hunger but is relishing the opportunity to travel to destinations such as Kenya and Rome to interact with farmers, researchers and policymakers.
Patterns of Pesticide Use, Exposure, and Toxicity Jointly Determine Impacts on Honeybees and Other Pollinators
July 15, 2019
Pollinators such as honeybees, wild bees, and pollen wasps contribute to one-third of the world’s food-crop production. However, the health and abundance of pollinators has declined in recent decades due to a range of factors that include pests, pathogens, pesticides, and poor nutrition. Farmers use pesticides to treat pests that would otherwise damage our food. Patterns, or “domains,” of pesticide use and pesticide effects on pollinators are linked in a complex system through a third domain, pollinator pesticide exposure. This framework can provide insights into options for reducing risks to pollinators while also improving pest management strategies for crops, as illustrated through the example of apple production.
After a wet spring, Pa. DEP monitors for West Nile virus. Will this summer be bad?
July 15, 2019
Last year was one of the worst on record for West Nile virus in Pennsylvania. The number of cases jumped to 130, from 20 in 2017, and eight people died.
Climate warming could increase malaria risk in cooler regions
June 28, 2019
Malaria parasites develop faster in mosquitoes at lower temperatures than previously thought, according to researchers at Penn State and the University of Exeter. The findings suggest that even slight climate warming could increase malaria risk to hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people — including travelers — in areas that are currently too cold for malaria parasites to complete their development.
Notes from the Lab: The Latest Bee Science Distilled
June 26, 2019
A roadmap for how to minimize pesticide risk to bees by Scott McArt
2019 Dutch Gold Undergraduate Scholarship supports research and education in bee health
June 21, 2019
To help catalyze research and education in bee health, Dutch Gold Honey, based in Lancaster County, PA, endowed an Undergraduate Scholarship in Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences in 2010. This yearly award pairs students in the College of Agricultural Sciences with faculty mentors from the Penn State Center for Pollinator Research. The 2019 Dutch Gold Scholarship has been awarded to two students, Jacklyn Kiner and Matthew Poorman, whose projects seek to improve methods for bee management and public learning about bees.
Spotted lanternfly expert at Penn State offers advice on using tree bands
June 21, 2019
It is quickly becoming a summertime ritual, albeit not a fun one, for homeowners living in southeastern Pennsylvania: trying to get rid of the swarms of spotted lanternflies that have taken up residence on their properties.
Online Hands-On Mapping System Helps Keep Pollinators Safe
June 20, 2019
Researchers have been working for well over a decade to enhance the health of pollinators and now beekeepers, citizen scientists, and anyone interested in pollinator health can join in using a new online tool, Beescape.
Can tiny wasps control sap-sucking flies targetting US vines?
June 19, 2019
Researchers from the University of California, Riverside, are testing to see if a species of wasp the size of a sesame seed could stave off a potentially devastating invasion of sap-sucking insects that could seriously affect California’s grape crops.
Industry groups award funding for fruit research and extension projects
June 18, 2019
New and ongoing tree-fruit research in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences received a boost with the recent awarding of funds totaling more than $261,000 by the State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Apple Program.