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2019

Raising a stink for BMSB research
March 21, 2019
Almost a decade after the first brown marmorated stink bug outbreak cost Mid-Atlantic apple growers millions, the pest is no longer inducing panic, thanks to advancements in targeted management for orchardists.
Pea-planting, lanternfly scraping, and lawn preparations: This Weekend in the Garden
March 21, 2019
Sunday’s arrival of St. Patrick’s Day is the milepost that many long-time vegetable gardeners use to determine the season’s first planting – peas.
Spotted lanternfly quarantine zone expanded to Dauphin County
March 21, 2019
Pennsylvania’s spotted lanternfly quarantine zone has been expanded to include Dauphin County, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced today.
Study tracks the rise of mange in black bears
March 19, 2019
Research projects have increased in recent years to determine how many black bears are affected and what the best remedy is. The state handles between 50 and 60 cases of severe mange each year, Ternent said.
Bug off! Penn State takes proactive approach in dealing with pesky pests
March 19, 2019
Warm weather at Penn State’s University Park campus sprouts scenes of flowers in bloom, students playing frisbee on the Old Main lawn and folks strolling around campus as they enjoy Berkey Creamery ice cream.
What Makes Them Tick
March 14, 2019
Researchers in the college investigate tick behavior and molecular biology with a goal of preventing tickborne illnesses.
Winter chill won’t affect mosquitoes, ticks
March 14, 2019
Did this winter’s cold weather lessen the numbers of disease-carrying mosquitoes and ticks?
Pennsylvania will have 150 researchers trying to eradicate the spotted lanternfly in 2019
March 14, 2019
Penn State University and the state and federal departments of agriculture are committing resources to combat the invasive insect
Nematode odors offer possible advantage in the battle against insect pests
March 14, 2019
Gardeners commonly use nematodes to naturally get rid of harmful soil-dwelling insects. A new study published today in the journal Functional Ecology revealed that these insect-killing nematodes also produce distinctive chemical cues, which deter Colorado potato beetles and make potato leaves less palatable to them.
WTAJ Originals: PSU research team discovers how beetle stores toxins without being harmed
March 11, 2019
Everybody has a self-defense system. Some use brute force...others like Ground Beetles prefer to use their own nasty combination of chemicals to ward off predators.
Student Research Spotlight - Nina Dennington
March 11, 2019
This is the 2nd of eight short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Unique workshop for teachers highlights connection between plants, pollinators
March 1, 2019
A professional development experience for middle and high school teachers that illustrates the interaction between landscapes and pollinators will take place this summer at Penn State.
Penn State Berks center supports spotted lantern fly research
February 28, 2019
The Center for the Agricultural Sciences and a Sustainable Environment (CASSE) at Penn State Berks is the “killing fields” for spotted lantern flies. At least that’s the goal of researchers from Penn State University’s College of Agriculture Sciences, who have been working with researchers from Penn State Berks and Penn State Cooperative Extension to study the biology and also the effectiveness of various insecticides on the pests that have invaded and wreaked havoc on Berks County since 2014.
Checking out Pollinators in Pennsylvania By Carolyn Trietsch
February 27, 2019
With insect species declining and agriculturally-important pollinators at risk, it’s important to know what species are present in an area to help protect them. PhD student Shelby Kilpatrick is trying to find out what bees are present in Pennsylvania, and is creating a list that could help with future conservation efforts.
Material that shields beetle from being burned by its own weapons, holds promise
February 25, 2019
Carabid beetles produce caustic chemicals they spray to defend themselves against predators, and the compound that protects their bodies from these toxic substances shows promise for use in bioengineering or biomedical applications, according to Penn State researchers.
Student Research Spotlight - Staci Cibotti
February 25, 2019
This is the 1st of eight short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
New Penn State gardens, oak woes, and changes in growing conditions: The latest in gardening news
February 21, 2019
Let's catch up this week on some gardening news and interesting tidbits ... Bird and pollinator gardens coming to Penn State
Spotted Lanternfly: A pretty destructive pest
February 21, 2019
“Invasive pretty” may be one way to describe the Spotted Lanternfly, although Penn State entomologist Heather Leach warns that the beautiful bug is also a destructive pest.
Firefly-inspired surfaces improve efficiency of LED lightbulbs
February 19, 2019
A new type of light-emitting diode lightbulb could one day light homes and reduce power bills, according to Penn State researchers who suggest that LEDs made with firefly-mimicking structures could improve efficiency.
Bed bug task force aims to secure bed bug ordinance for City of Philadelphia
February 19, 2019
Philadelphians Against Bed Bugs (PhABB) – a partnership among Penn State Integrated Pest Management Program, local agencies, non-profits, health care professionals, senior and low-income housing advocates, lawyers, and everyday citizens -- is one step closer to securing a bed bug ordinance for the city of Philadelphia and awaits the vote of the City Council.
Open Position - Assistant Professor of Arthropod Vector Biology and/or Ecology
February 11, 2019
9- month, Tenure Track, 75% Research, 25% Teaching
Open Position - Assistant Professor of Entomology: Arthropod Ecology
February 11, 2019
9-month, Tenure Track, 60% Research, 30% Extension, 10% Teaching
Bee dispersal ability may influence conservation measures
February 8, 2019
The abilities of various bee species to disperse influences the pattern of their population's genetic structure, which, in turn, can constrain how they respond to environmental change, as reported by an international team of researchers.
Crafting social ties
February 6, 2019
On Thursday nights, the yarn comes out. Every week, my fellow entomology graduate students and I get together to make insect-inspired crafts. One crochets butterflies, another makes earrings out of wings from discarded research specimens, and a third decoupages notebooks with figures and illustrations from journal articles thrown out after a lab cleanup. It may sound light or frivolous, but it's far from it. A regular social night like this—whether built around crafts or some other shared interest—can make a significant difference in our work and our lives.
Entomology students' global research to be supported by inaugural Guyton Award
January 25, 2019
Two students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are the recipients of the Guyton Award, a global learning scholarship established recently by Bill Guyton, an agricultural economist and internationally recognized expert in sustainable development.
A Beginner’s Guide to the Peer Review System
January 17, 2019
I was thrilled to receive my first request to peer review a paper while working on my Ph.D. Then I realized I didn’t know how to peer review. It had never been covered in my classes, so I started asking around and sending emails, reaching out to my friends in other programs, but with little luck. As important as peer review is, it seems that few STEM programs actively teach students about how to navigate the peer review process and make the decisions involved, such as whether to accept or reject a paper for publication.
Colony Size Drives Honey Bees’ Overwinter Survival
January 16, 2019
When the temperature drops and the days get shorter, honey bees don’t hibernate—they huddle. Meanwhile, worker bees produced in the fall are plump and have longer lifespans than their spring counterparts. These winterized workers form a “thermoregulatory cluster” around their queen. Powered by honey stores, they shiver their muscles to produce heat, keeping temperatures at the center of the cluster around a comfortable 21 degrees Celsius (C). Still, winter is a stressful time for honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies. In the United States around 30 percent of colonies don’t survive until spring.
The sting left by a fallen bee colony is felt by researchers, volunteers
January 16, 2019
For university scientists and student volunteers, the reality of bee deaths during winter is harsh. Just last year, the Beekeepers Club lost all of its bees to the cold weather, thus slowing its productions and making this year one of rebuilding.
Cellular protein a target for Zika control
January 14, 2019
A cellular protein that interacts with invading viruses appears to help enable the infection process of the Zika virus, according to an international team of researchers who suggest this protein could be a key target in developing new therapies to prevent or treat Zika virus infection.
Agriculture Awards Grants For Spotted Lanternfly, Farm Conservation Research
January 8, 2019
On December 21, the Department of Agriculture award $1.286 million in grants to 15 Pennsylvania universities and research organizations to advance Pennsylvania’s agriculture and food industry.
Registration is open for the 2019 Authentic Plant Pollinator Landscape Research for Educators Workshop!
January 8, 2019
A unique teacher professional development experience for middle and high school teachers. June 24th - 28th, 2019
Alumnus Honored at Florida Mosquito Control Association Annual Meeting
January 2, 2019
The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD) is proud to announce that Chris Law, Bruce Stevens and Dr. Larry Hribar were honored at the 90th Annual Meeting of the Florida Mosquito Control Association in St. Petersburg, Florida.