A novel strategy to enhance genome editing promises to increase the efficiency of making genetic improvements in a wide range of organisms, a new study suggests.
In this issue you will find articles on asthma, the leading cause of school absences and parent absences from the workforce; cockroaches, learn to identify cockroaches and manage them safely; and improving air quality in schools.
Bed bugs infestations are on the rise in urban areas across the country, but one city is taking steps to control this growing problem. The Philadelphia Bed Bug Task Force held its first organizational meeting recently, including representatives from apartment associations, realtors, supportive housing, the Philadelphia Health Department, the Philadelphia Street Departments, pest control operators, landlords and residents.
Last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists in Philadelphia intercepted two insect species that were never before recorded in the U.S., plus a third one that has never been recorded in the Philadelphia area.
Winter is a cold and windy season and this year is no exception. But people aren’t the only ones looking for a warm place to stay. Pests are looking for shelter, too, as well as water and food sources. This is a great time of year to practice IPM techniques to keep pests from becoming a problem in your school or child care facility.
Greenhouse growers and educators who want reduce pesticide use by using predators and other biological controls can attend a workshop at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.
In this issue you will find: First Graders Solve Pesty Mystery!; Learn About IPM; Spotlight: Squirrels; Keep Pests Out This Winter!
Articles on bed bug hearings in Philly, upcoming greenhouse IPM workshop, spotted laternfly, safe pesticide disposal and more.
Have pest problems? Newly updated fact sheets are now available in both English and Spanish from the Pennsylvania IPM Program in Penn State’s College of Ag Sciences.
If you enjoy gardening and then preserving the fruits of your labor for consumption year-round, you may want to visit the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences exhibit at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, Jan. 10-17 in Harrisburg.
In this issue you will find articles on the new online IPM lesson for child cares, head lice, reducing clutter to ring in the New Year and upcomming events.
Another vampire arthropod has pierced Pennsylvania's plant life with its sucking mouthparts. The spotted lanternfly may be more colorful than the brown marmorated stink bug, but it is just as unwelcome. Much of Berks County is under quarantine after the invasive alien was discovered there this fall.
Feeding honey bees a natural diet of pollen makes them significantly more resistant to pesticides than feeding them an artificial diet, according to a team of researchers, who also found that pesticide exposure causes changes in expression of genes that are sensitive to diet and nutrition.
There was plenty of squirming in City Council chambers this morning, as lawmakers convened a hearing on the vexing problem of bed bugs — and how hard they are to exterminate in a city of row homes.
The first of several bed bug hearings took place in Philadelphia today, with 14 residents testifying. Residents shared stories about their bed bug situations. They are hopeful the hearings will get them the help they need to get rid of their bed bug problems once and for all.
Every winter, beekeepers prepare for unfortunate, inevitable losses to their colonies. Researchers across the country are looking at ways to save honeybees. WPSU intern Kelsey Patterson reports researchers in Penn State’s Center for Pollinator Research may have made an important discovery to help bees survive.
In this issue you will find articles on: Children’s Health in Childcares; Pest Spotlight: Bed Bugs; Don’t Forget to Wash Your Hands!; IPM for Mice Videos; Upcoming Events.
Greenhouse growers and educators who want reduce pesticide use by learning about predators and other biological controls to combat pests can attend a workshop at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Biocontrol is profitable, safer and attracts environmentally conscious customers.
Bed bugs are a growing problem across the country, but one city is taking a proactive step, thanks in part to the Pennsylvania IPM Program.
Want to know why your cucumbers are producing flowers but no fruit? It could be that your flowers are only male. Can’t for the life of you figure out what those white spots on your squash plants are? A new app called PlantVillage may be able to help.