Silencing the alarm

February 17, 2021

Like a scene from a horror movie, tomato fruitworm caterpillars silence their food plants’ cries for help as they devour their leaves. That is the finding of a multidisciplinary team of researchers, who said the results may yield insights into the abilities of crop plants — such as tomato and soybean — to withstand additional stressors, like climate change.

IPM Programs in developed v. developing countries

February 5, 2021

IBC graduate student fellow Edward 'Kwadwo' Amoah writes about Dr. Sulav Paudel's invited IBC lecture on IPM in developing countries

Winter survival guide for queen bumble bees

February 5, 2021

CPR graduate student Katie Barie profiles a recent paper written by PSU Entomology's own Erin Treanore and Etya Amsalem

Bug of the Month - February 2021

February 1, 2021

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

2021 Dutch Gold Honey Undergraduate Scholarship

February 1, 2021

This scholarship is awarded to undergraduates enrolled in the College of Agricultural Sciences who have completed or are registered for 300 and 400 level courses in Entomology. Applications due May 1.

Summer weather conditions influence winter survival of honey bees

February 1, 2021

Winter survival of honey bee colonies is strongly influenced by summer temperatures and precipitation in the prior year, according to Penn State researchers, who said their findings suggest that honey bees have a "goldilocks" preferred range of summer conditions outside of which their probability of surviving the winter falls.

2021 Apes Valentes Graduate Student Award

January 31, 2021

We are now accepting applications for the for the 2021 Apes Valentes Graduate Student Award for research and other projects in pollinator biology and health!

Penn State entomologists devise a system to control mushroom phorid flies

January 28, 2021

In 2016, a team of researchers from the Department of Entomology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences launched an intensive effort to solve the problem in southeast Pennsylvania caused by mushroom phorid flies. Now their effort is expected to pay off big time.

Seeding Hope: Community members breathe life into the new Pollinator and Bird Garden at Penn State

January 28, 2021

CPR graduate student Makaylee Crone discusses the upcoming launch of the PSU Arboretum's Pollinator and Bird Garden in Spring 2021

Incentivized Programs Help Farmers Protect Pollinators

January 28, 2021

Mace Vaughan, Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation Program Co-Director, highlights programs that support bee conservation as part of PSU Entomology's Global Perspectives in IPPM seminar series.

Grozinger receives National Academy's Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences

January 21, 2021

Christina Grozinger, Publius Vergilius Maro Professor of Entomology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will receive the National Academy of Sciences' 2021 Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences for her work addressing global declines in pollinator populations.

Feral colonies provide clues for enhancing honey bee tolerance to pathogens

January 19, 2021

Understanding the genetic and environmental factors that enable some feral honey bee colonies to tolerate pathogens and survive the winter in the absence of beekeeping management may help lead to breeding stocks that would enhance survival of managed colonies, according to a study led by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Climate change reduces the abundance and diversity of wild bees, study finds

January 13, 2021

Wild bees are more affected by climate change than by disturbances to their habitats, according to a team of researchers led by Penn State.

Beescape Monthly Update for January

January 7, 2021

This is another entry in our monthly updates from us here at Beescape!

Bug of the Month — January 2021

January 7, 2021

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

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

December 22, 2020

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.

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

December 21, 2020

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

December 8, 2020

PlantVillage featured in 2020 PSU ICDS Symposium

Sorry to Burst Your Quarantine Bubble

December 8, 2020

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

December 3, 2020

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

December 2, 2020

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

Beescape Monthly Update for December

December 1, 2020

This is another entry in our monthly updates from us here at Beescape!

The "Hidden" World of Colony-Level Impacts of Neonicotinoids on Social Pollinators

December 1, 2020

Animal pollinators provide an essential service to flowering plants, worldwide.

The Virus Won’t Stop Evolving When the Vaccine Arrives

November 30, 2020

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

November 30, 2020

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

November 24, 2020

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

November 17, 2020

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

Virtual Graduate Student Recruitment Week

November 12, 2020

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

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

November 11, 2020

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.

Mind the Bees – Ralf Nauen and Colleagues Protect Pollinators Through Neonicotinoid Research

November 10, 2020

By definition and design, insecticides kill insects. The term “pest” is generally defined by a human-driven need and desire to eliminate an unwanted organism within a range of contexts. In agriculture, there will always be a need to protect crops from insect pest pressures.