Pennsylvania bear mange epidemic focus of Penn State and Game Commission project

April 25, 2018

Pennsylvania's black bear population is experiencing a mange epidemic, and a Penn State research team will work with the state Game Commission to gain a better understanding of the disease and develop strategies to manage it.

Andrew Read elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 19, 2018

Andrew Read, Evan Pugh University Professor of Biology and Entomology in Penn State's Eberly College of Science and the College of Agricultural Sciences, has been elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS).

Busy Bees: Penn Staters share how they protect pollinators

April 19, 2018

Most people have probably seen the phrase “bees are dying at an alarming rate” on the internet. Most pass it off as a joke, but one Penn State organization is taking it to heart.

Faculty Spotlight - Julie Urban

April 19, 2018

This is the 2nd of eleven short news articles written by students, during the professional development class. This year we had the students interview their advisor(s), in an effort to help them better understand the larger context of their projects.

Penn State Extension, ag officials look to slow spread of spotted lanternfly

April 16, 2018

Grape growers, orchardists, nursery operators, homeowners and others in southeastern Pennsylvania are bracing for the spring emergence of the spotted lanternfly, an invasive insect from Asia that appeared for the first time in the United States in Berks County nearly four years ago. Penn State Extension educators and College of Agricultural Sciences researchers are working with state and federal agriculture officials to stop the pest's spread.

Lanternfly Research to Aid Grape Growers

April 11, 2018

When the spotted lanternfly showed up in Berks County four years ago, grapes were one of the first crops researchers worried about.

5 ways you can offset declining bee populations with your garden

April 4, 2018

As you plan your spring garden, consider adding pollinator-friendly trees and plants to provide food and habitat for bee populations that are in decline across the country and worldwide.

Faculty Spotlight - Tanya Renner

April 4, 2018

This is the 1st of ten short news articles written by students, during the professional development class. This year we had the students interview their advisor(s), in an effort to help them better understand the larger context of their projects.

Discovery Space’s Bee Hive Exhibit

April 4, 2018

The new Hive exhibit at Discovery Space allows young children to act out the social lives of bees. Children can wear a bee costume, buzz over to larger-than-life flowers to collect pollen and nectar, take the nectar into the hive and do the waggle dance.

Read recognized with 2018 President’s Award for Academic Integration

April 3, 2018

Andrew Read, Evan Pugh University Professor of Biology and Entomology in the Eberly College of Science and the College of Agricultural Sciences, has been awarded the 2018 President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Integration.

Cockroach infestation on campus leaves student residents plagued with pests.

April 3, 2018

Thousands of unwanted guests have moved into Cal State LA’s campus housing, forcing Cal State LA residents to fight off an infestation of American cockroaches.

Penn State-developed plant disease app recognized by Google

April 2, 2018

A mobile app designed by Penn State researchers to help farmers and others diagnose crop diseases has earned recognition from one of the world's tech giants. PlantVillage, developed by a team led by David Hughes, associate professor of entomology and biology, was the subject of a keynote video presented at Google's TensorFlow Development Summit 2018, held March 30 in Mountain View, California.

Wyman’s of Maine: 2017 Sustainability Report

March 29, 2018

Sustainability rests on the principle that the needs of the present must be met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It is Wyman’s core belief that Economic Profitability, Environmental Health, and Social Equity together build a sustainable company future.

WAMU-FM (NPR), Washington, D.C.: Pollinator -- Judgment Day

March 28, 2018

Margarita Lopez-Uribe, assistant professor of entomology, was a guest on the "1A" program to discuss pollinator health and the importance of feral bee species

$2.1 million enables creation of decision-support tools for pollinator health

March 27, 2018

The Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State, in collaboration with researchers at the University of California, Davis; the University of Minnesota; and Dickinson College will receive more than $2 million from the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research and the United States Department of Agriculture to translate basic research into online decision support tools to help beekeepers and land managers maintain and expand populations of managed and wild bees.

$1M gift from Galen and Nancy Dreibelbis to support Pollinators' Garden

March 27, 2018

A generous commitment from local leaders will help The Arboretum at Penn State to move forward with its plans for a world-class pollinators’ garden. State College real estate developer Galen Dreibelbis, and his wife, Nancy, have committed $1 million to support construction of the new Pollinators’ Garden in the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens. The Dreibelbises’ gift — together with a major investment from Skip Smith and gifts from other donors — completes the project’s initial fundraising goal and will allow the University to break ground on the project.

Investment from Skip Smith to launch construction of Pollinators' Garden

March 21, 2018

Investment from Penn State alumnus and leading philanthropist Charles H. “Skip” Smith will enable The Arboretum at Penn State to fulfill its longstanding vision for a garden that will attract and sustain native pollinator species of birds and insects. Smith, whose founding gift launched construction of the Arboretum in 2010, has made a series of gifts totaling $4.5 million to support construction of a new and enhanced Pollinators’ Garden in the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens. The gifts — together with commitments from other donors — complete the project’s initial fundraising goal of $5.3 million and will allow construction to begin.

Zombie Apocalypse: Ants Can't Tell When Their Colony Is Overrun by a Deadly Fungus

March 21, 2018

Carpenter ants appear to have a hard time figuring out when one of their own is infected with a parasite that will eventually make it kill itself. Researchers from Pennsylvania State University published their findings February 23 in PLoS One.

Invasive insect spreads beyond Pennsylvania farms and orchards to backyards

March 21, 2018

Add another invader to the list of destructive insects that have infiltrated Pennsylvania: The spotted lanternfly has joined the ranks of emerald ash borers and brown marmorated stink bugs.

Penn State researchers tackling mushroom phorid fly infestations

March 21, 2018

Working with mushroom growers and residents in southern Chester County, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is ramping up ongoing research efforts to alleviate mushroom phorid fly infestations in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Put a ghost in your orchard to keep away brown marmorated stink bugs

March 21, 2018

Some apple orchards in Pennsylvania were surrounded by benevolent ghosts last year: a length of specially treated netting draped over a shepherd’s hook. Each successfully drew in and then killed hundreds of brown marmorated stink bugs.

Lures lead to better moth management

March 21, 2018

Growers who use mating disruption for oriental fruit moths now have a lure that effectively monitors the pests, according to new research.

Infected ‘zombie ants’ shuffle through colony undetected

March 15, 2018

Carpenter ants don’t attack or isolate their nest mates infected with a specialized parasitic fungus, and instead continue to share the colony’s food resources until the infected ants leave the nest for the last time to die, according to a new study.

Does winter's harsh cold air mean lower tick activity during spring, summer?

March 15, 2018

Areas that have had harsh winter weather are most likely looking forward to the summer months that are filled with sunshine and warmth. But with sunny, warm weather comes bugs, ticks included.

Invasive insects invade PA/Chesapeake Bay update

March 15, 2018

Insects that aren't native to Pennsylvania have invaded the state's forests, farm fields and homes and new ones appear every few years.

Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Awards $7 Million to 16 Research Teams Advancing Science and Technology to Improve Pollinator Health

March 14, 2018

New Tools and Science-Based Best Practices Will Enhance Efforts to Combat Native and Managed Pollinator Population Declines

Infected 'zombie ants' face no discrimination from nest mates

March 13, 2018

Carpenter ants infected with a specialized parasitic fungus are not subjected to aggression or isolation from their nest mates, and they continue to share in the colony's food resources until they leave the nest for the last time to die, according to a study led by Penn State researchers.

Researchers to study ramps' market, flavor profile, vulnerability to pest

March 12, 2018

A good way to describe ramps, it has been said, is to note what they are not. Ramps are not leeks, nor are they scallions or shallots. Ramps look like scallions, but they're smaller and have one or two broad, flat leaves.

Curious Wasp Specimen Leads Entomologist to Find a First

March 5, 2018

When Michael Skvarla, Ph.D., started at his job as Insect Identifier and Extension Educator at Penn State University in 2017, it wasn’t long before he had a mystery on his hands.

Newly Discovered Fungi Turn Ants Into Zombies and Use Them to Breed

February 28, 2018

Mushrooms have always been a risky dinner menu option: Sure, plenty of them are delicious, but some are deadly. Ants stumbling on the wrong type of fungus can meet an even grimmer fate: These organisms can take control of the insects, forcing them to kill themselves. And scientists have just identified another 15 fungi with this gruesome talent.