Study demonstrates bed-bug biopesticide could defeat insecticide resistance

March 22, 2017

A fungal biopesticide that shows promise for the control of bed bugs is highly effective even against bed-bug populations that are insecticide resistant, according to research conducted by scientists at Penn State and North Carolina State universities. The study suggests that Aprehend, a mycoinsecticide developed at Penn State, likely will provide an important new tool for managing bed-bug infestations, which have surged in recent years.

Bedbugs beware: New research may beat back bedbug epidemic

March 22, 2017

A new biopesticide developed by Penn State scientists has the potential to turn the bedbug control market on its ear, thanks to a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem taking root at Penn State that’s helping to push crucial discoveries out of the laboratory and into the marketplace.

Student Research Spotlight - Emily Sandall

March 17, 2017

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

Student Research Spotlight - Ryan Reynolds

March 3, 2017

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

Scientists reveal core genes involved in immunity of honey bees

March 2, 2017

A core set of genes involved in the responses of honey bees to multiple diseases caused by viruses and parasites has been identified by an international team of researchers. The findings provide a better-defined starting point for future studies of honey-bee health, and may help scientists and beekeepers breed honey bees that are more resilient to stress.

Grower Spotlight: Brian Campbell Farms

March 2, 2017

Over the past four years, Project ICP has partnered with specialty crop growers across the country to carry out on-farm research on the pollination and yield of fruit, nut, and vegetable crops. Many of these growers, including Brian Campbell of Brian Campbell Farms in central Pennsylvania, are going beyond the scope of Project ICP’s research to test and implement innovative practices to improve crop pollination – and their bottom line.

Coalition asks Congress for more funding to support agricultural research

March 2, 2017

The head of Penn State’s Department of Entomology is among a coalition that includes top scientists from 11 research universities in Washington, D.C, today (March 2) calling for stronger federal support of the food and agricultural sciences.

Bug Camp for Kids 2017 - Registration is now open!

February 22, 2017

Bug Camp for Kids is an educational day camp for eight- to eleven-year-olds. Taught by faculty, staff, and graduate students from the Department of Entomology, the camp offers opportunities for students to observe and collect insects and participate in laboratory exercises to learn a broad range of biological, ecological, and environmental topics.

Three-way dance between herbivores, plants and microbes unveiled

February 18, 2017

What looks like a caterpillar chewing on a leaf or a beetle consuming fruit is likely a three-way battle that benefits most, if not all of the players involved, according to a Penn State entomologist.

A Bee Mogul Confronts the Crisis in His Field

February 17, 2017

KERN COUNTY, Calif. — A soft light was just beginning to outline the Tejon Hills as Bret Adee counted rows of wizened almond trees under his breath.

Student Research Spotlight - Angela Coco

February 17, 2017

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

Authentic Plant Pollinator Landscape Research for Educators (APPL-RED) Workshop

February 16, 2017

A unique teacher professional development experience for middle and high school teachers. July 24-28, 2017

Trump’s Hiring Freeze Could Imperil Breakthrough Discovery On Bees

February 7, 2017

The president’s early actions have created uncertainty for the country’s scientists, and could be standing in the way of important research.

Gary Felton named new Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Chemical Ecology

January 31, 2017

In a Letter from the Editor in the latest issue of the Journal of Chemical Ecology, John Romeo, who has served as Editor-in-Chief for the journal over the past couple of decades, announced that he is stepping down and that Gary Felton of Penn State University will take over in this position beginning with the February issue of the Journal. Romeo stated, “Gary brings breadth, leadership, and experience to the Journal, as well as a commitment to keeping our standards high and continuing to raise our profile in the competitive publishing arena. I am pleased and confident that the Journal is in good hands.”

Pesticide Additive Could Be One Culprit in Bee Deaths

January 25, 2017

A common pesticide additive, known as an "inert" ingredient, could be one of the causes of the die-offs beekeepers have observed in their hives. Christopher Intagliata reports.

2016 Newsletter: Center for Pollinator Research

January 18, 2017

We have had a very productive and exciting year at the CPR! Please enjoy a copy of our 2016 newsletter, with highlights of the great research, education and extension projects we have led, and the students and postdocs who made this work possible! Special thanks to Katy Evans and Philip Moore for compiling this.

Considering cattle could help eliminate malaria in India

January 16, 2017

The goal of eliminating malaria in countries like India could be more achievable if mosquito-control efforts take into account the relationship between mosquitoes and cattle, according to an international team of researchers.

Common crop chemical leaves bees susceptible to deadly viruses

January 16, 2017

A chemical that is thought to be safe and is, therefore, widely used on crops — such as almonds, wine grapes and tree fruits — to boost the performance of pesticides, makes honey bee larvae significantly more susceptible to a deadly virus, according to researchers at Penn State and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.