Predators delay pest resistance to Bt crops
March 5, 2014
Crops genetically modified with the bacterium Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) produce proteins that kill pest insects. Steady exposure has prompted concern that pests will develop resistance to these proteins, making Bt plants ineffective.
Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Mushroom Growers Will Benefit From Penn State IPM Training
February 27, 2014
A new Penn State project will help Spanish speaking mushroom growers increase their pest management skills through culturally appropriate IPM outreach education and training programs in Spanish.
Characterization of stink bug saliva proteins opens door to controlling pests
February 26, 2014
Brown marmorated stink bugs cause millions of dollars in crop losses across the United States because of the damage their saliva does to plant tissues. Researchers at Penn State have developed methods to extract the insect saliva and identify the major protein components, which could lead to new pest control approaches.
Polar vortex chill exterminated 95 percent of stink bugs in Va. Tech experiment
February 25, 2014
This spring, you may see and smell fewer of those foul stink bug pests, and you can thank the polar vortex.
The punishing, prolonged blasts of arctic air this January proved too much for most stinkbugs to overcome according to Virginia Tech field researchers.
Asian longhorned beetles pheromone could be used to manage pest
February 18, 2014
Female Asian longhorned beetles lure males to their locations by laying down sex-specific pheromone trails on tree surfaces, according to an international team of researchers. The finding could lead to the development of a tool to manage this invasive pest that affects about 25 tree species in the United States.