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2019

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.
Ants maintain essential interactions despite environmental flux
June 18, 2019
Ants adjust their social interactions to accommodate changes in population density, according to researchers at Penn State and Georgetown University. The findings suggest that ant colonies are capable of maintaining their sophisticated social organization despite potentially drastic changes in their environments.
Cicadas are buzzing the 'burbs after 17 years underground
June 13, 2019
It’s easy to find evidence that the 17-year cicadas’ mating season has begun in Western Pennsylvania. Exoskeletons hang on tree branches, stray wings left by predators lie in the grass and, when it’s hot enough, unlucky males still searching for mates sing their ringing, high-pitched song.
Humans can't manage this invasive fly—but a mind-controlling fungi might
June 13, 2019
If Youtube footage is to be believed, people have taken up arms against infestations of invasive spotted lanternflies by blasting the bugs with everything from pressure washers to rock salt, dish soap and even propane torches.
Truckers who don't comply with spotted lanternfly quarantine could face hefty fines
June 13, 2019
Truckers who don’t comply with a quarantine effort to restrict the spread of an invasive insect in Pennsylvania and nearby states can face fines of up to $20,000.
Sticky tape meant to snare lanternflies also catching birds and squirrels
June 13, 2019
Woodpeckers, squirrels and other animals are getting stuck on the sticky tape used to trap spotted lanternflies, prompting an outcry from animal rehabilitation centers and other nature groups.
Combating mosquito-borne diseases with bacteria
June 11, 2019
Viruses, spread through mosquito bites, cause human illnesses such as dengue fever, Zika and yellow fever. A new control technique harnesses a naturally occurring bacterium called Wolbachia that blocks replication of viruses and breaks the cycle of mosquito-borne disease, according to an international team of researchers.
Alumnus honors father, entomology department with professorship
June 7, 2019
The inspiration behind a person’s philanthropy can come from a variety of sources. For alumnus Dr. Roger Simon, it stems from two places: the Penn State Department of Entomology, and his father, Sam Simon.
Scout Now to Stay Ahead of Cereal Leaf Beetle Infestations
June 6, 2019
Native to Europe and Asia, the cereal leaf beetle has made inroads throughout much of eastern North America, the midwest, and even Canada. The adult females have a long egg-laying period of 45-60 days, so the larvae can be present and damage crops for a significant period of time.
Virginia Fruit Growers Remain Vigilant About Invasive Pest
June 6, 2019
“None of the organic compounds work against spotted lanternfly,” said Heather Leach, spotted lanternfly Extension associate with Penn State.
We must wage an all-out war against the spotted lanternfly in PA
June 6, 2019
For many Pennsylvanians, dedicating $2.5 million to the battle against an insect that significantly affects only 20% of our counties is a questionable investment. One reason might be their unfamiliarity with the spotted lanternfly, which so far has either failed to or just not gotten around to crossing the Susquehanna River in large numbers. To date, 14 counties have been placed under quarantine due to the insect’s presence reaching the level of infestation. The list of counties stretches from Monroe in the north to Dauphin and Lancaster here in the south.
Methods to Control Varroa Mites: An Integrated Pest Management Approach
June 3, 2019
Varroa mites (Varroa destructor), are the most influential of all of the pests and diseases of the European honey bee (Apis mellifera) today.
Student Research Spotlight - Alex Pagac
June 3, 2019
This is the 8th of eight short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
New records show spread of parasitic deer flies across the US
May 31, 2019
With flattened bodies, grabbing forelegs and deciduous wings, deer keds do not look like your typical fly. These parasites of deer — which occasionally bite humans — are more widely distributed across the U.S. than previously thought, according to Penn State entomologists, who caution that deer keds may transmit disease-causing bacteria.
PA Department of Agriculture Requires Spotted Lanternfly Permit For Some Businesses
May 30, 2019
Fearing the spread of the spotted lanternfly, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is requiring a permit for businesses transporting goods through a quarantine zone.
New Law Would Help Bees—but Could Leave Other Pollinators out in the Cold
May 30, 2019
Amid the continuing decline of pollinators worldwide, U.S. lawmakers recently revived a perennially struggling bill that aims to save these helpful species. However, pollinator loss is more complicated than many headlines suggest. And curbing it, some scientists say, requires more than just stricter pesticide regulation—a major focus of the bill.
Pa. Lyme disease cases appear to hit plateau, but that shouldn’t change your outdoors routine
May 30, 2019
There’s good news about Lyme disease, Pennsylvanians. After a couple of years of leading the nation in “confirmed and probable” cases of the tick-borne disease, the experts expect the number of cases to level off.
PA Ag Secretary: We must 'contain and suppress' spotted lanternfly
May 30, 2019
As far as Russell Redding is concerned, the fight against the invasive spotted lanternfly will be won the same way the state beat the plum pox virus — "contain and suppress."
Penn Staters working to reverse bee declines
May 23, 2019
Within the past decade, beekeepers across the globe have observed massive declines in managed honey bee populations. Similar declines have been observed in populations of wild bees and other pollinators. Understanding what is driving these declines is a vital question for researchers, beekeepers, growers, and the public. Several factors are being investigated, including habitat loss, climate change, disease and pesticide use.
New crop-destroying pest enters China amid devastating swine fever epidemic
May 23, 2019
A new pest that threatens key agricultural commodities is spreading through China as the nation is reeling from an African swine fever epidemic that may wipe out hundreds of millions of hogs.
Student Research Spotlight - Rachel McLaughlin
May 20, 2019
This is the 7th of eight short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Protecting pollinators: Penn Staters working to reverse bee population declines
May 17, 2019
Penn State’s Christina Grozinger and the Center for Pollinator Research are implementing creative approaches to protecting bee populations in Pennsylvania and beyond.
What if bees disappeared?
May 17, 2019
In the United States, honey bees and wild bees contribute $20 billion each to agriculture and industries that depend on agriculture, meaning that fewer bees could lead to smaller harvests and increased food prices.
Pa. Farm Bill touted as aid to fight spotted lanternfly
May 16, 2019
As the spotted lanternfly begins to hatch for a new season, state and federal agriculture officials are expanding their efforts to contain the destructive insect.
There are a lot more Lyme disease-carrying ticks in Pa. today, Penn State study finds
May 16, 2019
The tick responsible for most cases of Lyme diseases has boomed from near non-existence in Pennsylvania in the 1960s to the most commonly found tick across the state today, according to Penn State researchers.
Lyme Disease-Carrying Ticks Have Returned
May 16, 2019
The tick responsible for most Lyme diseases cases has boomed from near non-existence in the 1960s to become the most commonly found tick across the state of Pennsylvania, according to new research.
Growers prepare for spotted lanternfly onslaught
May 16, 2019
Wine grape growers in eastern Pennsylvania saw major losses from the pest last year.
Tree of heaven, a spotted lanternfly favorite, is named Pennsylvania's newest noxious weed
May 16, 2019
The Asian tree, Ailanthus altissima, has earned its new designation in part because of its meal appeal to the sap-sucking pest that recently started to hatch in Berks.
Tick season in full swing, ways to prevent being bitten by a tick
May 16, 2019
With summer quickly approaching, that means tick season is upon us. Experts say more ticks are starting to come out, which increases your chance of getting Lyme Disease.
Zombie fungus proves deadly to spotted lanternfly
May 16, 2019
The invasive spotted lanternfly has swept through southeast Pennsylvania over the past five years, chomping down on fruits and hops along the way. But scientists are studying whether it may have met its match in the form of a mind-altering fungus.
Fungus among us found to kill spotted lanternfly invaders
May 16, 2019
Heather Leach was driving to a Berks County park in August to follow up on a tip about something killing spotted lanternflies when she saw a bunch of grape vines and trees of heaven ― a favorite target of the invasive bugs.
Researchers discover natural predator that can kill spotted lanternflies
May 16, 2019
Penn State researchers who are trying to stop the spread of the invasive spotted lanternfly have recently discovered a natural predator that could be an effective and massive tool to kill the bug.
Invasion of the stink bugs: how a tiny insect roils global communities
May 16, 2019
A stinky bug eating its way through the economy of an agricultural region in Eastern Europe stands as a stark example of how climate change creates opportunities for pests and havoc for farmers.
New tick making its way into our area
May 9, 2019
Jennifer Frederick won't forget the time she found her son at home and realized something was wrong.
Yes, there are a lot more Lyme disease-carrying ticks in Pa. today: Penn State study
May 9, 2019
The tick responsible for most cases of Lyme diseases has boomed from nearly non-existence in Pennsylvania in the 1960s to the most commonly found tick across the state today, according to Penn State researchers.
Hope grows in lanternfly-killing fungi found near Berks fruit farm
May 9, 2019
A batch of dead lanternfiles on trees of heaven near the Angora Fruit Farm in Lower Alsace excites researchers.
Researchers Track Shift in Pennsylvania's Tick Population
May 9, 2019
The prevalence of the most abundant species of ticks found in Pennsylvania has shifted over the last century, according to Penn State scientists, who analyzed 117 years' worth of specimens and data submitted primarily by residents from around the state.
Cicada emergence draws near in part of Pennsylvania
May 9, 2019
Temperatures in southwestern Pennsylvania will climb into the high 60s and low 70s this week, signaling that it won’t be long before the region is buzzing under the emergence of hordes of 17-year cicadas.
Orchardists Face Spring Spray Decisions
May 9, 2019
With insects and diseases to suppress and blossoms to thin, fruit growers will be spending a lot of time with their sprayers in the coming weeks.
Spotted Lanternflies Ride Wind to Find Food
May 9, 2019
The spotted lanternfly is not a strong or frequent flyer, weaknesses that may hinder its ability to travel long distances by air, according to researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.
Penn State Extension: What’s the Buzz?
May 7, 2019
Inside this issue: Pollinator Garden of Merit, Outstanding Pollinator Plants, Protecting Pollinators, News from the Center for Pollinator Research and Beescape: An online tool
Penn State graduate students visit Capitol Hill, discuss science-based policy
May 7, 2019
Members of the Penn State Science Policy Society recently visited Washington, D.C., where they met with officials from several congressional offices and nongovernmental organizations to discuss the promotion of science and evidence-based policy.
Penn State Extension marks milestone in outreach to Spanish-speaking growers
May 7, 2019
For close to a decade, Jorge Manzo has worked at McCleaf’s Orchard, a fifth-generation family farm near Gettysburg in Adams County, where he is responsible for preparing a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables for market, including a few of his favorites — kiwi, blackberries and raspberries.
Student Research Spotlight - Jonathan Hernandez
May 6, 2019
This is the 6th of eight short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
More than 100 years of data show Pennsylvania tick population shift
May 3, 2019
The prevalence of the most abundant species of ticks found in Pennsylvania has shifted over the last century, according to Penn State scientists, who analyzed 117 years' worth of specimens and data submitted primarily by residents from around the state.
Spotted lanternfly egg hatching confirmed in Berks
May 2, 2019
The first known hatching of the pest's eggs this spring were discovered on Wednesday from eggs laid on the side of a building in Shillington, according to the PA Department of Agriculture.
Researchers find 2 fungi killed spotted lanternflies in Berks
May 2, 2019
The discovery could lead to a biological weapon to control the Asian pests.
5 Questions: Helping manage the Beescape in Carlisle
May 2, 2019
Each winter Pennsylvania beekeepers lose nearly 50% of their honey bee colonies and several wild bee species are threatened or endangered, reflecting trends around the world.
What if a solution to malaria came from Pennsylvania?
May 1, 2019
Penn State's Matt Thomas and a team of collaborators are investigating a new method for preventing malaria transmission that involves limiting mosquito access to houses by blocking openings and installing “eave tubes” that contain a unique insecticide-laced mosquito netting that kills the insects as they attempt to enter. “Eighty percent of transmissions happen at night when people are in their homes, so if you could stop mosquitoes from getting into the house then you will have taken personal protection to the level of the household,” said Thomas, professor and Huck Scholar in Ecological Entomology.
How the bumble bee got its stripes
April 30, 2019
Researchers have discovered a gene that drives color differences within a species of bumble bees. This discovery helps to explain the highly diverse color patterns among bumble bee species as well as how mimicry--individuals in an area adopting similar color patterns--evolves. A study describing the gene, which occurs in a highly conserved region of the genome that provides blueprints for segmentation, was led by researchers at Penn State and appears April 29, 2019, in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
How a parasitic fungus turns ants into 'zombies'
April 25, 2019
They walk among us: insects hijacked by parasitic fungi that control their every move.
Student Research Spotlight - Hannah Greenberg
April 22, 2019
This is the 5th of eight short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Feel the buzz: Penn State to bring pollinator garden that will last ‘forever' to the Arboretum
April 19, 2019
After years of planning and research by Penn State’s Center for Pollinator Research, a large pollinator garden is set to break ground at the Arboretum in the fall 2019.
Invasive lanternfly wreaking havoc in the Northeast poses big threat to Michigan plants, crops
April 18, 2019
Invasive species can cause major damage to an ecosystem. They compete with native flora and fauna for resources, and often lack any natural predators to control their populations.
Undergraduate research award creates buzz around Penn State pollinator studies
April 18, 2019
Undergraduate research aimed at supporting pollinator health is flourishing at Penn State's Center for Pollinator Research, thanks to philanthropic support.
The Arboretum at Penn State launches new interactive Plant Finder map
April 17, 2019
Visitors to The Arboretum at Penn State now can explore the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens with the Arboretum's new, interactive Plant Finder.
Thirteen graduate students receive the Alumni Association Dissertation Award
April 15, 2019
Thirteen graduate students received the Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award, Distinguished Doctoral Scholar Medal in recognition of their outstanding professional accomplishment and achievement in scholarly research in any of the disciplinary areas of arts and humanities; social sciences—applied and basic; physical and computational sciences—applied and basic; life and health sciences; and engineering.
Graduate student Bipana Paudel Timilsena receives International Research Award
April 15, 2019
Bipana Paudel Timilsena, a doctoral student in entomology with a dual title in international agriculture and development, received the Graduate Student International Research Award. The purpose of the award is to promote and support international research and scholarship by graduate students that has the potential for global impact.
Graduate student awardees celebrated at annual luncheon
April 15, 2019
Penn State President Eric Barron presented 11 awards to more than 30 graduate students in recognition of outstanding achievement during the annual Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held April 11 at the Nittany Lion Inn.
CPR researchers awarded grants from the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign
April 11, 2019
North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) Task Force for Honey Bee Health Selects 2019 Research Projects
Stopping Malaria at its Source
April 11, 2019
Penn State’s Matthew Thomas and an international team of researchers have developed an in-home solution aimed at preventing the spread of malaria.
Protecting Pollinators
April 11, 2019
Penn State’s Christina Grozinger and the Center for Pollinator Research are implementing creative approaches to protecting bee populations in Pennsylvania and beyond.
Beescape is ‘just the beginning’ for beekeepers and researchers alike
April 9, 2019
Researchers at Penn State and around the country have come together to create a website that will offer an inside look into the lives of nature’s pollinators.
Spotted lanternflies found to be flyers, not gliders
April 8, 2019
The spotted lanternfly is not a strong or frequent flyer, weaknesses that may hinder its ability to travel long distances by air, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
New pollinator plant selection tool
April 8, 2019
Trying to decide which plants to include in your garden? The USDA-SCRI funded, "Protecting Bees" project has developed a pollinator plant selection tool that lets you search for flowering plant species according to zip code, bloom time, sun exposure, soil moisture levels, and relative attractiveness to different types of pollinators - including flies, which are the second most important group of pollinating insects, after bees!
Ottar Bjørnstad Elected as an Ecological Society of America 2019 Fellow
April 8, 2019
The Ecological Society of America (ESA) is pleased to announce its 2019 Fellows. The Society’s fellowship program recognizes the many ways in which its members contribute to ecological research and discovery, communication, education and pedagogy, and management and policy.
Student Research Spotlight - Julie Golinski
April 8, 2019
This is the 4th of eight short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Package Bee Installation
April 5, 2019
Spring is a busy time of the year for beekeepers as it marks the arrival of bee packages. Package bees have become a staple for beekeepers in North America as more people take up beekeeping as a hobby and overwinter colony losses have increased.