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April 21, 2015

Approximately three quarters of our major food crops are pollinated. At the same time domestic honey bees hives are down by 59% compared to 60 years ago. Here we will look at how wild bees provide insurance against ongoing honey bee losses. Keep a look out for upcoming articles on factors affecting pollinators and ways farmers can promote pollinator health.

April 17, 2015

Dr. Joe Louis is recognized for his significant contributions to the field of plant insect interactions, as well as for his demonstrated excellence in outreach, public service, mentoring and teaching. Joe’s research work has shown that specific elicitors delivered by insects are recognized by plants to induce innate defense mechanisms. His research publications are in high impact journals, and these publications have excellent citation records. Joe has trained and mentored many students from high school through PhD level, and he has taken multiple leadership roles in outreach activities. He has been very active in scientific society activities, and he has organized many symposia at several national and regional meetings. For his significant contributions at different stages of his career, he has received many awards from different organizations.

April 16, 2015

The Asian longhorned beetle, Anoplophora glabripennis, is a wood-boring insect that is capable of destroying 30% of the urban trees in the United States at an economic loss of $669 billion. Infestations of this invasive beetle have been found in Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Illinois, and they have been shown to feed on more than 100 different tree species, with a preference for maples, poplars, aspens, cottonwoods, and willows.

April 14, 2015

This is the 4th of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.

April 13, 2015

Roaches, rodents, and bedbugs — Those are the Big Three for Dion Lerman, who has become an odd sort of celebrity because of the community presentations he gives about how people can manage pests in their homes without using toxic chemicals. Kids call him "the bug guy."

Image: Ian Grettenberger, Penn State
April 2, 2015

Use of a class of insecticides, called neonicotinoids, increased dramatically in the mid-2000s and was driven almost entirely by the use of corn and soybean seeds treated with the pesticides, according to researchers at Penn State.

Bees and bee larvae in the hive. Image: Bernardo Niño/Penn State
March 27, 2015

Honey bees use different sets of genes, regulated by two distinct mechanisms, to fight off viruses, bacteria and gut parasites, according to researchers at Penn State and the Georgia Institute of Technology. The findings may help scientists develop honey bee treatments that are tailored to specific types of infections.

March 27, 2015

This is the 3rd of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.

March 19, 2015

Dr. Thomas C. Baker, a distinguished professor of entomology and chemical ecology at Penn State University, has been selected to deliver the Founders’ Memorial Award lecture at Entomology 2015, the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) to be held November 15-18, 2015 in Minneapolis.

March 13, 2015

This is the 2nd of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.

February 27, 2015

This is the 1st of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.

Courtesy of Bernardo Nino
February 17, 2015

Crafting hives, making honey, what could bee better? New this semester, the Penn State Beekeepers Club is hoping to garner some buzz around Penn State.

Left: Schilder will examine whether the environmental conditions in which dragonflies (Libellula pulchella) live make them susceptible to infectious protozoan parasites. Right: A dragonfly gut containing protozoans. Photo: Jim Marden, Penn State
February 10, 2015

Obesity and diabetes are not just problems of modern-day humans and their domesticated pets. Insects also are affected by these health conditions, and intestinal infections by protozoans are the cause, according to researchers at Penn State. The research suggests that intestinal infections may contribute to metabolic diseases, including diabetes and obesity, in humans as well.

February 2, 2015

“Herbicide drift impact on floral resources and pollination services: A landscape approach.” by David Mortensen & Melanie Kammerer, Plant Sciences Department, Penn State University

January 15, 2015

Center for the Performing Arts staff member Medora Ebersole is using her experience as an education and community programs manager to develop an interdisciplinary project aimed at increasing knowledge of pollinator behavior—from bees and bats to birds and butterflies—in order to benefit food production efforts and battle the use of pesticides world-wide.

January 15, 2015

The department of entomology is seeking an Assistant/Associate Professor of Plant–Insect Interactions/Chemical Ecology

The 3rd Grade Thinking and Doing Team, from left to right: Briana Truitt, Kaleb Brown, Ian Sykes, Sunny Hawes
January 14, 2015

Four third graders researched the important role of honey bees in agriculture and mounted a local public awareness and fundraising campaign to support bee health.

December 5, 2014

This is the 12th, and final, short news article written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.

Image: Margaret Douglas/Penn State
December 4, 2014

Insecticides aimed at controlling early-season crop pests, such as soil-dwelling grubs and maggots, can increase slug populations, thus reducing crop yields, according to researchers at Penn State and the University of South Florida.

mage: Greg Hoover
November 17, 2014

People seeing the spotted lanternfly for the first time are struck by its sometimes-flashy appearance. But don't let its colorful, butterfly-like veneer fool you, caution entomologists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.