Eastern US States: Grape growers combating spotted lanternfly

October 24, 2018

While the dreaded spotted lanternfly has mostly been seen in the counties of eastern Pennsylvania, it is spreading quickly and is feeding on orchards and vineyards.

Central Pa. Growers And Researchers Work To Stop The Spotted Lanternfly

October 24, 2018

Happy Valley Vineyard and Winery owner Barbara Christ stands among ten acres of grapevines on neat rows of trellises.

From Agriculture to Art — the A.I. Wave Sweeps In

October 22, 2018

The internet is a technology of low-cost communication and connection. Everything from email to e-commerce to social networks has hinged on the internet’s transformative role in changing the economics of communication. All those connections suddenly became both possible and cheap.

Penn State Beekeepers Club fosters importance of honey bees

October 15, 2018

A club in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is creating quite a buzz around campus.

Crawling Dead: How Ants Turn Into Zombies

October 10, 2018

Allow us to explain the gruesome process by which ordinary ants become the pawns of an insidious and spectacularly clever fungus.

Duquesne, Penn State researchers genetically alter mosquitoes to fight malaria

October 10, 2018

Preventing malaria requires multiple approaches — vaccine development, new pesticides and bed-net technologies with a current focus on sterilizing male mosquitoes and manipulating the genomes of female mosquitoes to kill off the malarial parasites they carry.

Grape growers feeling brunt of spotted lanternfly effects

October 10, 2018

Expert says adult spotted laternfly females are currently laying eggs for next year.

Penn State Altoona students help protect monarch butterfly species

October 9, 2018

Every fall, hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies make their way from the United States and Canada to overwintering sites in Mexico. In recent years, this phenomenal migration is threatened by habitat loss in North America and at their overwintering grounds, so people across the continent have been setting up monarch way stations to help protect this species.

America Isn’t Ready for the Lanternfly Invasion

October 3, 2018

A bizarre pest from Asia is spreading fast and putting billions of dollars’ worth of resources at risk.

The Pest Management Professional Magazine has announced their 2018 Hall of Fame

October 2, 2018

The Pest Management Professional Magazine (PMP) staff is pleased to announce the five newest nominees for the PMP Hall of Fame.

Report spotted lanternfly sightings

September 26, 2018

In the past week, there have been numerous sightings of spotted lanternfly in Ephrata Borough, Ephrata Township, Akron Borough, West Cocalico Township and Clay Township, according to Chief William Harvey, Ephrata borough emergency management coordinator and spotted lanternfly instructor for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Master Gardeners lend expertise, support to spotted lanternfly fight

September 26, 2018

With home gardening season now in the rear-view mirror, Penn State Extension Master Gardeners in Berks County thought calls to their garden hotline would wind down a bit, as in years past.

Fruit research and extension projects receive funding from industry groups

September 21, 2018

The State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Apple Program recently awarded nearly $233,000 in funding to support new and ongoing fruit research and extension projects in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. The grants will support projects aimed at enhancing pest management, production efficiency and fruit quality.

Andrew Read named director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

September 21, 2018

Andrew Read has been appointed director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences at Penn State effective Jan. 1, 2019. Read is an Evan Pugh University Professor of Biology and Entomology, Eberly Professor of Biotechnology and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics.

Great Insect Fair will put bugs on center stage at Penn State

September 19, 2018

Everything insect, from edible bug-based treats to bug-centered games and crafts to an insect zoo of strange creatures, will pack Snider Agricultural Arena at Penn State's University Park for the Department of Entomology's annual Great Insect Fair from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, September 22.

Pest Management Recommendations for Spotted Lanternfly

September 19, 2018

Penn State University Extension recently updated conventional spray recommendations for spotted lanternfly in both grape and tree fruit.

Tracking the Health of Feral Bees in PA, 2018

September 17, 2018

Since 2016 the López-Uribe lab has been leading a citizen science project that aims to map and characterize the health status of feral bees across Pennsylvania

Penn State's Great Insect Fair celebrates insects in pop culture

September 17, 2018

Appreciating insects' influence in popular culture will be the focus of Penn State's 2018 Great Insect Fair, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the Snider Agricultural Arena on the University Park campus. The event is sponsored by the entomology department in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Entomology professors honored by Entomological Society of America

September 13, 2018

Two professors in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have been lauded for their significant contributions to the field of entomology by the Entomological Society of America.

Program combines mobile devices and the outdoors in an unlikely pairing

September 13, 2018

In the age of digital technology, mobile devices are good for more than just text messaging and playing games. According to Penn State College of Education researchers, the combination of technology and the outdoors is getting children and their families outside to learn more about science and their communities.

Will Hurricane Florence smash the monarch butterfly migration in Pennsylvania?

September 12, 2018

Nearing the end of what anecdotally appears to have been a strong summer for the monarch butterfly population in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, the butterflies are coming up on time for their fall migration to mountains in central Mexico, just as Hurricane Florence is expected to smash into the region.

Spotted lanternfly expert provides tips for home management of pest

September 12, 2018

With Labor Day come and gone, many people are starting to dread the thought of cold temperatures and snowy days to come.

How Humans Are Messing Up Bee Sex

September 12, 2018

From pesticides to land development to electromagnetic pollution, humans often harm the ability of honeybees to reproduce.

Sterner, Grozinger recognized as outstanding postdoc and mentor

September 10, 2018

The Penn State Postdoctoral Society has announced postdoctoral researcher Glen Sterner III and Distinguished Professor of Entomology Christina Grozinger as the recipients of the 2018 Outstanding Postdoc Award and Outstanding Postdoc Mentor Award, respectively.

Healthy Soil Can Suppress Plant Pests, to a Point

September 5, 2018

Healthy soil + happy plants = healthy soil, unhappy pests. It’s a formula that seemingly works as a growing number of America’s farmers are using soil health management systems to improve the function of their growing medium.

Lanternfly Researchers Seek Numbers on Damage

September 5, 2018

Strictly speaking, one spotted lanternfly in Pennsylvania is one lanternfly too many.

What makes spotted lanternflies tick? Researchers hope to learn

September 5, 2018

Researchers and bureaucrats bent to examine the blackened leaves of poplar trees and inspected the ailing Virginia creeper racing up the walls of a Berks County home.

Tick-Borne Disease on the Rise in Centre County

September 4, 2018

Centre County residents have more than just Lyme disease to worry about when it comes to tick bites, as Mount Nittany Medical Center has reported an increase in cases of anaplasmosis in recent months.

Brandywine professors raise awareness about Pennsylvania's newest pest

August 31, 2018

There’s a new insect causing a “buzz” in the northeastern United States — and two Brandywine faculty members have joined a University-wide effort to educate the public.

Penn State asks visitors to help 'stop the spread' of spotted lanternfly - Insect poses nearly $18 billion threat to Pennsylvania agriculture

August 30, 2018

The start of the academic year and football season brings thousands of students, families and fans to University Park, and Penn State wants to make sure those visitors are not chauffeuring a certain unwanted guest.