Maintaining the Right-of-Way in the Right Way

September 11, 2017

Faculty, staff, and students partner with energy and vegetation-management representatives to measure the impact of right-of-ways on local wildlife.

Penn State's Great Insect Fair offers a view of the 'unseen'

August 31, 2017

Although insects are all around us, we tend to pay attention primarily to the ones that sting, bite, eat our garden plants or invade our homes. But there is much more about the world of insects and other arthropods that goes unnoticed. Giving the public a glimpse into this fascinating world is the goal of Penn State's Great Insect Fair, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 23 at the Snider Ag Arena on the University Park campus.

Plant 'smells' insect foe, initiates defense

August 28, 2017

It cannot run away from the fly that does it so much damage, but tall goldenrod can protect itself by first "smelling" its attacker and then initiating its defenses, according to an international team of researchers.

Core Concept: Probing the phytobiome to advance agriculture

August 23, 2017

The Colorado potato beetle had Gary Felton stumped. Felton, an entomologist at Pennsylvania State University, has built his career on revealing how plants defend themselves against voracious insects. Plants often detect chemicals in an insect’s oral secretions and respond by producing proteins that wreak havoc on insect digestion and nutrient absorption.

Researchers win funding for new tomatoes, wood packaging pest treatment

August 23, 2017

RAIN grants from the College of Agricultural Sciences' Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program aimed at moving solutions from lab to marketplace

Grant enables study of mosquito virus as a genetic lab tool, malaria biocontrol

August 18, 2017

A virus that infects a species of malaria-transmitting mosquito could help scientists gain a better understanding of mosquito biology and eventually could lead to methods for stopping or slowing the spread of the disease, according to a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

The Morning Mixtape: Insects! Bugs!

August 9, 2017

John Tooker and Elizabeth Rowen from the Penn State Department of Entomology talk about insects: what they are, why we need them, and why reaching for your shoe when you see a bug might not be the right move. This is the first installment of a monthly entomology series that will air on the second Wednesday of each month.

Student Research Spotlight - Elizabeth Davidson-Lowe

August 4, 2017

This is the 13th, and final, of the short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.

Video: Penn State researchers find new solution to combat age-old bedbug problem

August 3, 2017

A team of Penn State scientists has developed a potential game-changer in the war against bedbugs — a naturally derived, fungal-based pesticide that uses the bugs’ own natural tendencies to humankind’s advantage.

Scientist Discusses Global Pollinator Crisis

July 21, 2017

Wednesday evening the Wild Center with AdkAction hosted a presentation by Dr. Christina Grozinger, distinguished professor of entomology and director of the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State University. The research center is home to the largest group of pollinator researchers in the world. Following a reception at 6 p.m., Groizinger addressed an attentive audience from 7-8 p.m., a lecture that will be repeated Thursday evening at the View in Old Forge. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Student Research Spotlight - Julie Baniszewski

July 21, 2017

This is the 12th of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.

Widely Used Pesticide Is a Buzzkill for Honeybees

July 10, 2017

Findings add fuel to the debate over whether a commonly used chemical damages insect populations

Researchers to develop new gene-editing method for the study of arthropods

July 10, 2017

A grant from the National Science Foundation will enable a Penn State-led team of entomologists to develop and disseminate a technology they say could bring gene-editing capabilities within reach of everyday scientists, regardless of the arthropod species they study. The $2.5 million award is part of NSF's Enabling Discovery through GEnomic Tools (EDGE) program.

Student Research Spotlight - Hannah Stewart

July 7, 2017

This is the 11th of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.

Student Research Spotlight - Emily Erickson

June 21, 2017

This is the 10th of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.

WRAIR and ASTMH: 2nd Annual Alan Magill Malaria Forum

June 19, 2017

On June 9, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research held its Second Annual Malaria Forum in tribute to the late Alan Magill (Col., Ret.). In partnership with ASTMH, this annual event focused on malaria elimination and highlighted the themes of Discovery and Mentorship, two of Alan's passions.

Scientists to study how soil health is influenced by pest-management tactics

June 14, 2017

An entomologist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study and compare how various pest-management regimes affect the health of soils. John Tooker, associate professor of entomology, will lead the project, which is titled "Exploring Soil Health and Pest Management Trade Offs to Maximize Crop Productivity."

Student Research Spotlight - Alexandra Duffy

June 8, 2017

This is the 9th of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.

Slugging it out with a new contender in the GMO debate

June 7, 2017

It was the closest thing you get to a blind date between a scientist and a journalist.

Higher tick populations or not, take precautions against Lyme disease

June 7, 2017

Recent media reports have suggested that tick populations in Pennsylvania may be particularly high this year, leading to an increased risk of Lyme disease in the state.

Pa lawmakers hear the plight of beekeepers

June 1, 2017

For years, beekeepers have been trying to raise the alarm on the declining population of bees, which play a big role in pollinating our crops. On Monday, Pennsylvania lawmakers on the Joint Legislation Conservation Committee heard testimony on the challenges facing beekeepers in the commonwealth.

How to create a butterfly garden

June 1, 2017

Butterfly gardens can add a splash of color to your yard, while the butterflies themselves are good for the local ecosystem. They are crop and flower pollinators, who play an important role in the food chain.

Student Research Spotlight - Alexandra Duffy

May 26, 2017

This is the 8th of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.

How you can help save the bees and help pollinator research in Pennsylvania

May 17, 2017

Pennsylvania has one of the highest bee colony losses in the country, with about 45 to 50 percent of colonies dying. Scientists are researching colony collapse disorder and trying to stop it. You can help. There are two citizen science projects in the research lab of Margarita Lopez-Uribe, Penn State extension apiculturist.

Student Research Spotlight - Tyler Jones

May 12, 2017

This is the 7th of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.

Buzzworthy: How you can help America's pollinators

May 9, 2017

The mysterious disappearance of honeybees known as colony collapse disorder no longer is the threat that it once was. But bees of all stripes still need a little help.

Dr. Andrew Read gives Graduate School Commencement Speech

May 8, 2017

Andrew F. Read, Ph.D., Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology and Eberly Professor of Biotechnology, was the keynote speaker for this year's Graduate School commencement ceremony held on May 7, 2017.

Student Research Spotlight - Hillary Morin

April 28, 2017

his is the 6th of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.

Penn State Extension: The Buzz

April 27, 2017

April 2017 Newsletter

Ticks coming early, fast and furious in Pa.

April 26, 2017

Veterinarian Daniel Oliver diagnosed his first case of Lyme disease in a dog this season last Saturday. “The dog had a mild to moderate fever, was achy and sore and was not eating. He was not acting himself,” said Oliver, who is part of a six-doctor team at Greencastle Veterinary Hospital. “Our in-house test for exposure to Lyme disease was positive.