12 receive grants for conservation and research efforts in Pennsylvania

March 7, 2021

The state’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources last week awarded grants to several individuals to help support field research and other projects.

Undergraduate Research Award Funds Pollinator Photo Project

March 4, 2021

Penn State undergraduate Darya Alvarez recently completed a photography project aimed at helping viewers gain a greater appreciation of the critical role that pollinators play in the survival of terrestrial ecosystems. View her collection here. 2021 Apes Valente award applications are due April 1.

Learn about squash bees in new PSU Extension Handbook

March 2, 2021

"The Biology and Pollination of Squash Bees" is now ready for download. This booklet was developed by CPR/IBC members Margarita López-Uribe, Shelby Fleischer and Kristin Brochu

Bug of the Month - March 2021

March 1, 2021

The Spicebush Swallowtail is a common butterfly across the eastern United States.

Penn State tied for first nationally in NSF rankings reflecting research breadth

February 25, 2021

Penn State’s research enterprise ranks first nationally, tied with Johns Hopkins University, in the breadth and depth of its expertise, according to the latest National Science Foundation rankings of Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) research expenditures by key fields and subfields in science and engineering, released in January 2021.

InsectEye team, which includes IBC Fellow Mathis, is selected to compete in Nittany AI Challenge!

February 25, 2021

Twenty Penn State teams with students from seven different colleges and six campuses, including for the first time Penn State World Campus, will each be awarded $500 to compete in the Prototype Phase of the 2021 Nittany AI Challenge.

A Diamond in the Pumpkin Patch

February 25, 2021

CPR graduate student Laura Jones describes the joy of discovering a rare gynandromorph squash bee during the course of her field research.

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.

Upon retirement, Arboretum's founding director leaves growing legacy

February 16, 2021

Forest biologist Kim Steiner to conclude a nearly five-decade Penn State career in June

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.

What's The Buzz? Pollinator Garden Certification Newsletter Out Now

January 14, 2021

The Winter issue of PSU Extension's Pollinator Garden Newsletter features news stories written by Penn State Master Gardeners and CPR members. Read more about how to apply to the Pollinator Garden Certification Program here.

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.