Watch Out for West Nile Virus this Summer
July 22, 2014
Ordinarily, mosquitoes are little more than a mild irritant during hot summer months. But because they can transmit West Nile Virus (WNV) to humans and pets, people should learn more about the virus, take steps to avoid being bitten, and eliminate mosquito-breeding areas.
Berry pest makes first appearance of season
July 22, 2014
An invasive fly that can cause problems for late-season fruit growers has been found for the first time this year in Pennsylvania.
Three males of the spotted wing drosophila, or SWD, were trapped in Adams County near the beginning of July, according to Penn State’s Fruit Times newsletter.
Control strategy for Dengue, malaria increases risk of West Nile virus
July 16, 2014
Mosquitoes infected with the bacteria Wolbachia are more likely to become infected with West Nile virus and more likely to transmit the virus to humans, according to a team of researchers.
Hive mentality: Penn State extension associate Maryann Frazier studying effects of pesticides on honeybees
July 7, 2014
Maryann Frazier loves bees. That’s why she kills them. Frazier, a Penn State senior extension associate with the university’s Center for Pollinator Research, is part of a team of scientists studying the effects of pesticides on honeybee colonies.
Stung by Bee Decline, White House Sets Up Pollinator Plan
July 2, 2014
The White House on Friday announced a federal strategy to reverse a decline in the number of honeybees and other pollinators in the United States — a threat that affects billions of dollars' worth of crops.