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December 1, 2011

This past summer the Eastern Apiculture Society (EAS) announced the recipients of its annual awards and two of Penn State’s own were honored. Maryann Frazier was presented with the Roger Morse Award for Extension, Education, and Regulation and Elina Lastro Niño was the recipient of the EAS Student Award.

November 7, 2011

Researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are part of a new, multi-state project to study the brown marmorated stink bug.

October 27, 2011

February 9 - 11, 2012 - By invitation only - Travel expenses for eligible applicants will be paid by the Penn State Entomology Department. Apply by January 6th for priority consideration!

October 21, 2011

Even in a world where parasites routinely turn insects into zombies, radically altering their bodies and behavior to serve the parasites’ demands, the story of Polistes dominulus and Xenos vesparum stands out for its weirdness.

October 18, 2011

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Are you being bugged by bugs? Are mice or rats chewing on your last nerve? Maybe you could use some good advice about how to deal with them.

September 23, 2011

An investigation into pesticides and possible new effects on honeybees.

September 9, 2011

Gypsy moth caterpillars infected with baculovirus forfeit safety and stay in the treetops during the day because a virus gene manipulates their hormones to eat continuously and forego molting, according to entomologists. The caterpillars die where they climb and infect other gypsy moth caterpillars.

August 22, 2011

On August 12, 2011, more than eighty people gathered for the annual Friends and Founders Event at the Arboretum at Penn State. The focus of the evening was the importance of pollinators and the contribution the Arboretum's Pollinator Gardens are making in disseminating the research, education and outreach programs of the faculty of Penn State's Center for Pollinator Research. Both people and pollinators showed their appreciation of the many species of flowering plants during the post-discussion tour of the gardens.

July 13, 2011

Penn State's Department of Entomology and Center for Pollinator Research are hosting the "International Symposium on Functional Genomic Tools in Honey Bees". The symposium will feature 22 speakers from 8 countries, who will discuss recent advances in using genomic tools to study epigenetics, social behavior and polyphenisms in honey bees and other social insects.

July 8, 2011

Despite widely published reports, many people are unaware that bees -- both managed colonies of honeybees and wild bees alike -- are in trouble due to Colony Collapse Disorder and other environmental factors.

July 5, 2011

In the war between drugs and drug-resistant diseases, is the current strategy for medicating patients giving many drug-resistant diseases a big competitive advantage? That is the question being asked in a research paper that will be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

June 6, 2011

This summer, researchers from the U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station and Penn State University will join forces to place 500 pheromone traps for Asian longhorned beetles (ALB) in the communities of Worcester, West Boylston, Boylston, Shrewsbury, and Holden, Massachusetts. The traps will be hung in the lower canopy of trees from June until September. In the past two years, this trap has caught beetles and additional infested trees have been found after a re-survey near areas where they were trapped.

June 1, 2011

On May 28-29th, 2011, twelve beekeepers from around Pennsylvania gathered at Penn State to attend the first annual Queen Rearing Workshop. The course participants learned about honey bee queen biology, honey bee mating behavior, swarming behavior, parasites, and of course, the practicalities of rearing queens in Pennsylvania and breeding for strains of bees with desirable traits. The workshop included several hands-on experiences to learn different methods for queen rearing and stock evaluation, including testing for hygienic behavior, Varroa mite and Nosema microsporidia loads. An extremely valuable aspect of the course were the discussions, where the beekeepers shared their experiences and strategies. The course instructors (Christina Grozinger, Maryann Frazier, Warren Miller, Elina Lastro Nino, Bernardo Nino, Holly Holt, Jessica Richards and Gabe Villar) learned as much as the participants! Special thanks to Harland Patch for the t-shirt design. For more information and photos from the workshop, please see the following blog from Joe DeLuca, a participant in the course:

May 19, 2011

A nationwide network to monitor and maintain honeybee health is the aim of the Bee Informed Partnership, a five-year, $5 million program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture and led by Penn State.

May 11, 2011

The International Society of Chemical Ecology has named Distinguished Professor of Entomology Thomas Baker as the winner of its Silver Medal Award for 2012.

May 11, 2011

Over 100 researchers from 15 countries gathered at the 2011 Honey Bee Genomics & Biology conference at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in May 2011. The conference showcased the great strides the honey bee community has made in understanding the molecular bases of many complex social behaviors and phenotypic traits, and the evolution of these traits, with the use of the sequenced honey bee genome. The conference was organized by Christina Grozinger (Penn State University), Uli Mueller (Saarland University, Germany) and Rob Page (Arizona State University). Further coverage of the conference is provided by Gwyneth Dickey Zakaig, Nature News:

May 9, 2011

9 May 2011 — New research has revealed how infection by a parasitic fungus dramatically changes the behavior of tropical carpenter ants (species Camponotus leonardi), causing them to become zombie-like and to die at a spot that has optimal reproduction conditions for the fungus. The multinational research team studied ants living high up in the rainforest canopy in Thailand. A paper describing the research will be published in the BioMed Central open-access journal BMC Ecology on 9 May 2011.

May 6, 2011

University Park, Pa. -- As crop growers and homeowners brace for another year of infestations by the brown marmorated stink bug, Penn State researchers have released a Web-based tool that they hope will help enhance their understanding of this invasive insect pest.

May 2, 2011

The Stream magazine seeks to illuminate the efforts, people, interactions and IT driving discovery at Penn State. Our focus for this month's issue is "Green IT."

April 18, 2011

We are pleased to announce a new training opportunity for graduate students and postdocs. This is a practical and theoretical course in honey bee RNA interference technology, to be held at Penn State University and the University of Life Sciences – Norway. The course is sponsored by the Research Council of Norway. This support covers registration fees, materials and supplies, local accommodations, lunch/coffee breaks, and provides all attendants with stipends to put toward their travel costs.