Student Research Spotlight - Elena Gratton

May 31, 2022

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

Seth Bordenstein named director of the Penn State Microbiome Center

May 26, 2022

Seth Bordenstein, Centennial Endowed Professor of Biological Sciences; professor of biological sciences and pathology, microbiology and immunology; associate director of the Vanderbilt Institute of Infection, Immunology and Inflammation; and director of the Vanderbilt Microbiome Innovation Center, Vanderbilt University, will take the reins of the Penn State Microbiome Center in the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences in the fall of 2022. 

Studying honey bee migration in Kenya

May 20, 2022

Ecology and CPR graduate student Darcy Gray discusses her research on honey bee colony management in Kenya

It's tick season: Learn to protect yourself and your animals with free webinars

April 29, 2022

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lyme disease, caused by a tick-borne pathogen, affects more than 400,000 people each year. To educate the public about tick risk and tick bite prevention for people and their animals, Penn State Extension will offer the spring 2022 “Tick Webinar Series.”

SAFES seed funding boosts agricultural research data capabilities

April 25, 2022

Four research teams in the College of Agricultural Sciences have tapped in to the computing and software engineering expertise at the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences' Research Innovations with Scientists and Engineers (RISE) team. Agricultural Sciences faculty are invited to apply for the 2022 SAFES-RISE Seed Grant Program; applications are due May 10.

PlantVillage Team awarded $1M in Elon Musk XPRIZE Carbon Removal Competition

April 22, 2022

An international team led by David Hughes, founder of Penn State’s PlantVillage project, has been named among 15 milestone winners of the latest round of the XPRIZE and Musk Foundation’s Carbon Removal Competition.

Smallholder Farmers are the Champions for Climate Change Mitigation

April 14, 2022

Ecology graduate student and Insect Biodiversity Fellow Edward Amoah discusses the PlantVillage Carbon Capture System for agroforestry in Kenya.

PlantVillage receives Cisco Foundation grant to help communities capture carbon

April 13, 2022

PlantVillage has been awarded $300,000 from the Cisco Foundation to promote regenerative agriculture on African farms to help them adapt to climate change.

Gamma Sigma Delta lauds outstanding College of Ag Sciences faculty, students

April 5, 2022

The Penn State chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the agricultural honor society, recognized Penn State faculty and students during its annual meeting, which was held March 31.

Cover crops more effective than insecticides for managing pests, study suggests

March 31, 2022

Promoting early season plant cover, primarily through the use of cover crops, can be more effective at reducing pest density and crop damage than insecticide applications, according to a Penn State-led team of researchers.

Bee Monitoring workshops seek input on native bee conservation strategies

March 28, 2022

Penn State employees traveling in lanternfly quarantine zone must take training

March 28, 2022

The spotted lanternfly continues its trek across Pennsylvania, prompting the state Department of Agriculture to add 11 counties to the spotted lanternfly quarantine zone, including Centre County, where the infestation is limited to College Township.  

Friday's entomology seminar will be held in-person at the Arboretum at Penn State

March 28, 2022

Penn State Extension educator secures grant to aid honey bees and beekeeping

March 15, 2022

A $217,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program will enable Robyn Underwood, apiculture educator with Penn State Extension, to develop an extension program on honey bee queen rearing and artificial insemination.

Registration Open for 2022 Maymester Beekeeping Course!

March 14, 2022

Bug of the Month: March

March 1, 2022

'Stick’ around to read about the common walkingstick!

Entomologist of the Month: March

March 1, 2022

Marina Dmitrievna Zerova was a Ukranian entomologist and ecologist, who was fascinated by the parasitic wasps

Colleagues mourn internationally renowned chemical ecologist James Tumlinson

February 16, 2022

Penn State's Department of Entomology, the College of Agricultural Sciences and the University community are mourning the loss of James H. Tumlinson, Ralph O. Mumma Professor of Entomology, who died Feb. 9 at the age of 83 after an extended illness.

New video series highlights game-changing life sciences researchers

February 16, 2022

The Huck institutes of the Life Sciences has launched a new monthly series of short video essays to feature highly innovative Penn State researchers who are pushing boundaries and forging new pathways in their respective fields. “Life From All Angles” tells the stories of these risk-takers in a condensed, easy to digest, 5-minute format.

World’s first gene editing tools for ticks may help decrease tick-borne diseases

February 15, 2022

Reducing tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease, may now be possible thanks to two new gene editing methods developed by researchers at Penn State; the University of Nevada, Reno; and the University of Maryland. The methods could allow scientists to alter parts of the tick genome that are involved in harboring and transmitting pathogens.

Student receives Fulbright to study honey bee health, behavior in Kenya

February 14, 2022

Darcy Gray, a graduate student in Penn State's intercollege graduate degree program in ecology, has received a Fulbright Study/Research Award to help beekeepers by examining how habitat and weather patterns drive bee migration and honey production in Kenya.

Entomologist of the Month: February

February 4, 2022

Rampa Rattanarithikul has dedicated her life to the study of mosquitoes and raising awareness for environmental conservation. This factsheet was produced by Center for Pollinator Research graduate student fellow Sean Bresnahan

Bug of the Month: February

February 4, 2022

These critters are from an understated group of macroinvertebrates called water mites. This factsheet was produced by Insect Biodiversity Fellow Francesca Ferguson

Bee Hotels at the Arboretum at Penn State: A Reflection

February 4, 2022

IBC Education Progam Specialist Heather Desorcie reports on the use of, and visitors to, the bee hotels recently installed at the PSU Arboretum's Pollinator and Bird Garden

Now Seeking Applications: Apes Valentes Undergraduate Award and Dutch Gold Honey Undergraduate Scholarship

February 4, 2022

Birds Biting Bad Bugs: Using Community Science for Spotted Lanternfly Research

January 31, 2022

CPR member and Entomology graduate student Anne Johnson uses community science to discover key predators of the invasive spotted lanternfly.

The Symbiotic Podcast returns live with 'game-changer' David Hughes

January 26, 2022

The Symbiotic Podcast kicks off season three, "Risk-Takers and Game-Changers," with a livestream interview and Q&A with David Hughes at noon on Jan. 27.

The impacts of modern agriculture on insect diversity

January 24, 2022

Insect Biodiversity Fellow Laura Laiton reports on how monocultural farming practices can change to better serve diverse and beneficial insect communities

Mining for knowledge: Scientists identify bee that can aid black cherry recovery

January 21, 2022

A ground-nesting bee family — commonly known as miner bees — could play a heightened role in rebuilding black cherry populations in Pennsylvania and beyond, according to Penn State entomologists who investigated pollinators’ contributions to the valuable hardwood species.

Mining for knowledge: Scientists identify bee that can aid black cherry recovery

January 20, 2022

A ground-nesting bee family — commonly known as miner bees — could play a heightened role in rebuilding black cherry populations in Pennsylvania and beyond, according to Penn State entomologists who investigated pollinators’ contributions to the valuable hardwood species.