Kids can explore fascinating world of insects at Bug Camp
April 21, 2014
Children attending one summer camp this year will encounter a lot of bugs. But they won't have to pack insect repellent. Young bug enthusiasts can satisfy their curiosity about insects by attending Penn State's Bug Camp for Kids from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 23 to 26.
Honeybees in East Africa Resist Deadly Pathogens
April 18, 2014
A surprising finding about East African honeybees lends new hope to the fight against colony collapses in the West. Scientists have discovered that bees in Kenya have strong resistance to the same pathogens responsible for the deaths of billions of bees elsewhere in the world.
Organic Farmer Panel Shares Results from On-Farm Cover Crop Research
April 14, 2014
Three organic field crop farmers presented a panel discussion at the 2014 PASA Conference to share their experiences using diverse cover crop mixtures. The three farmers, Wade Esbenshade, Bucky Ziegler and Dan DeTurk, have been collaborating with Penn State Extension to conduct on-farm research measuring the ecosystem functions provided by cover crops in organic systems.
A Romance with Spiders
April 11, 2014
Spiders are the dominant terrestrial predators on earth with fascinating biology. Explore the biology of spiders with Dr. Linda Rayor, an expert on spider behavior and star of Monster Bug Wars. What is the most poisonous spider in the world? What animals are the most important predators on spiders? How is conflict between the sexes worked out among cannibals? What happens when spiders live together in groups? Find out more in ‘A romance with spiders’.
Researchers receive $1.14 million to study threats to honeybees
April 7, 2014
University Park, Pa. -- Scientists in the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State received three grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Science Foundation to study various threats to honeybees, including disease, pesticides and the extinction and invasion of other species into their habitats.