Study: Bumble bees lacking high-quality habitat have higher pathogen loads

Bumble bees found in low-quality landscapes — characterized by a relative lack of spring flowers and quality nesting habitat — had higher levels of disease pathogens, as did bumble bees in areas with higher numbers of managed honey bee hives, according to research led by Penn State scientists.

Symposium builds collaborations across disciplines and industries

PlantVillage featured in 2020 PSU ICDS Symposium

Sorry to Burst Your Quarantine Bubble

Beth McGraw, professor and Huck Scholar in Entomology, who directs the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, comments on the effectiveness of "bubbles" and "pods" in avoiding the spread of COVID-19.

'Anti-antibiotic' allows for use of antibiotics without driving resistance

An inexpensive, FDA-approved drug — cholestyramine — taken in conjunction with an antibiotic prevents the antibiotic from driving antimicrobial resistance, according to new research by scientists at Penn State and the University of Michigan.

Bug of the Month — December 2020

Bug of the Month is a student–run monthly post which highlights the diversity of insects found in Pennsylvania.

The Virus Won’t Stop Evolving When the Vaccine Arrives

The coronavirus is not a shape shifter like the flu virus, but it could become vaccine resistant over time. That prompts researchers to urge vigilance.

Virus Evolution Could Undermine a COVID-19 Vaccine– But This Can be Stopped

The first drug against HIV brought dying patients back from the brink. But as excited doctors raced to get the miracle drug to new patients, the miracle melted away. In each and every patient, the drug only worked only for a while.

Flor Acevedo, Asst. professor of Entomology/Arthropod ecology, receives Strategic Networks & Initiatives Program Award

A total of eleven teams were awarded SNIP grants to help them build a network of colleagues and form an area of strength in the college for transformative research.

Spring symposium, seed grants to promote transdisciplinary biodiversity research

The Sustainability Institute at Penn State is hosting transdisciplinary symposia on biodiversity throughout the spring 2021 semester.

Virtual Graduate Student Recruitment Week

Join us February 1– 5, 2021, for our Virtual Graduate Student Recruitment Week

Could SARS-CoV-2 evolve resistance to COVID-19 vaccines?

Similar to bacteria evolving resistance to antibiotics, viruses can evolve resistance to vaccines, and the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 could undermine the effectiveness of vaccines that are currently under development, according to a paper published Nov. 9 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology by David Kennedy and Andrew Read from Penn State. The authors also offer recommendations to vaccine developers for minimizing the likelihood of this outcome.

Pa. in peak season for number of ticks carrying Lyme disease

While most Lyme disease cases are confirmed in the summer, October and November are when the number of adult ticks carrying Lyme disease is highest and they are most active.

10-year-old Shaler student stops spotted lanternfly in its tracks

Ten-year-old Ludi Aguera didn’t realize the significance of the bug she squashed at the Shaler Area Elementary School track – she just thought it was a cool-looking moth.

Penn State spotted lanternfly study reveals insights on effective use of insecticides

Extermination during the spring egg hatching season may help, new research found

Podward State: Inside Penn State’s Coronavirus Response

On our second collaborative episode with Cole Hons of the Huck Institute of Life Sciences’ Symbiotic Podcast, Podward State hosts Matt Ogden and Matthew Paolizzi are joined by Andrew Read and Catharine Paules to discuss their roles as members of Penn State’s coronavirus task force.

Penn State experts address what should be done with lanternfly egg masses

In the world of the spotted lanternfly, autumn cues egg-laying season, which leads homeowners perturbed by the pest to ponder, “What should I do about egg masses?”

Penn State Startup ConidioTec Expands Distribution to 50 States and Canada

Born out of research conducted in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences by Associate Research Professor Dr. Nina Jenkins, ConidioTec‘s patented bed bug control product, Aprehend®, is now available in all 50 states and Canada.

Penn State, Freiburg offer virtual course on pest and pollinator management

In February 2020, as part of a mutual effort to enhance a strategic partnership between the Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg and Penn State that dates back to 1998, the two universities announced the selection of two joint proposals for novel online classroom projects.

Grant supports study of how carnivorous plants repurpose genes to digest prey

A Penn State researcher has received funding to examine the genetic mechanisms that enable carnivorous plants to repurpose defense proteins to digest their insect prey.

Don’t kill that large mosquito: It’s just a crane fly looking for sex

They won’t bite you, but crane flies — which look like large mosquitos — are out in full force, reportedly covering a putting green at a Pittsburgh area golf course and maybe cavorting in your backyard.

2020/2021 Science to Practice Grants recipients announced

Ten integrated research and extension teams were awarded grants of up to $10,000. These grants support the formation and development of teams proposing to explore innovative methods, structures, and projects that foster the translation of research into outputs for dissemination and implementation.

Designated 'no-mow' turf grass areas provide environmental, economic benefits

University Park campus practice has resulted in reduced carbon dioxide emissions and overall mowing costs, while providing stormwater protection and habitats for local wildlife

Spotted Lanternfly Reports Up 147%, PA Department of Agriculture Says

Temperatures might have dropped across the Lehigh Valley, but reports of the Spotted Lanternfly are reaching a new high.

What eats spotted lanternflies?

Penn State researchers have launched a search for native wildlife that kills and eats the non-native spotted lanternfly, which has spread to at least 26 counties in Pennsylvania.

Squash Spotted Lanternflies today for future food security

Following months of hyper-focus on the availability of food, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding was joined by Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Dean Richard Roush and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Executive Director for Field Operations Carlos Martinez at Cherry Hill Orchards, where they urged Pennsylvanians to act now against the Spotted Lanternfly for the sake of food security.

Dinniman: New findings in lanternfly research

Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences hosted a research tour which reported new Spotted Lanternfly findings, said state Sen. Andy Dinniman, D-19th, of West Whiteland.

Diversity Statements in Entomology: What, Why, and How

Academic institutions constantly interact with and serve the changing demographics of our increasingly globalized and multicultural world.

Researchers hear more crickets and katydids 'singing in the suburbs'

The songs that crickets and katydids sing at night to attract mates can help in monitoring and mapping their populations, according to Penn State researchers, whose study of Orthoptera species in central Pennsylvania also shed light on these insects' habitat preferences.

Bug of the Month - October 2020

Bug of the Month is a student–run monthly post which highlights the diversity of insects found in Pennsylvania.

Spider-Naming Contest: We Have a Winner!

Entomologist Kirsten Pearsons, who received her doctorate in entomology in August from Pennsylvania State University, submitted the winning name, “kawtak.”