For the past few years, folks in Pennsylvania have heard reports from Midwestern states of continuous corn growers struggling to control populations of western corn rootworms that developed resistance to some Bt corn varieties.
Having trouble with pests in your greenhouses and high tunnels? Interested in learning more about using biological control to manage them?
Traps placed on trees located on the border of woods and the first row of orchards, which rarely collected any stink bugs for most of this season, now are indicating larger populations of brown marmorated stink bug nymphs and adults.
Why are pollinators so important to our daily lives? Find out at Penn State's Great Insect Fair, taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 13, at the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus.
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.
Animals can provide important opportunities for entertainment and learning. However, there is also a risk for getting sick or hurt from contact with animals, including those in school and daycare classrooms.
Some western corn rootworms in central Pennsylvania may have developed resistance to a widely used genetic modification in corn, making good management a pressing issue as growers strive to maintain the effectiveness of the trait.
A parasitic fungus that reproduces by manipulating the behavior of ants emits a cocktail of behavior-controlling chemicals when encountering the brain of its natural target host, but not when infecting other ant species, a new study shows.
A new study, “Implementing an integrated pest management (IPM) program in child care centers: A qualitative study”, appears in the latest edition of Early Childhood Research Quarterly. Nine licensed child care centers serving low-income children in the Los Angeles or San Francisco Bay Area were chosen to participate.
By spotting, collecting and submitting suspected Asian longhorned beetles to experts, Pennsylvanians can help keep the non-native, invasive wood-boring threat to the state’s trees at bay, according to agriculture officials.
A parasitic fungus that must kill its ant hosts outside their nest to reproduce and transmit its infection, manipulates its victims to die in the vicinity of the colony, ensuring a constant supply of potential new hosts, according to researchers at Penn State and colleagues at Brazil's Federal University of Vicosa.
As the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mulls over whether to rein in the use of common antibacterial compounds that are causing growing concern among environmental health experts, a team of scientists led by Arizona State University Biodesign Institute researchers are now reporting that many pregnant women and their fetuses are being exposed to these substances.
As the nation’s 55 million children and 7 million teachers and staff return to the over 130,000 US schools, the national Coalition for Healthier Schools urges schools and communities to ensure that facilities are healthy places for all children. Parents, personnel, and communities can help by sharing a Back to School Toolkit with schools and education departments.
With the school year about to start, now is the time to think about providing students a safer and healthier school environment. Students miss about 12.8 million school days annually because of asthma and asthma-related issues, largely contributed to indoor air quality (IAQ).
One of the East's largest agricultural expositions is on tap for Aug. 12 to 14, and those who make the trip to Penn State's Ag Progress Days will have no shortage of things to see and do.
Midsummer in New York is when things really start to heat up. And as if hot days aren’t enough, the sound of the dog day cicada makes it seem even hotter. Cicadas are robust insects — up to 1 ¼ inch — with piercing mouthparts that suck up plant juices. Cicada nymphs live underground, feeding on sap from roots. Adults, on the other hand, feed from trees and shrubs.
As we reported a few weeks ago, soybean aphid is colonizing Pennsylvania soybean fields. Yesterday, we received our first report of fields in central Pennsylvania (Clinton County) with populations of aphids exceeding the economic threshold of 250 aphids per plants—these fields are scheduled to be sprayed.
Late blight, the disease that five years ago wiped out much of the tomato crop of commercial and residential growers in the region, has turned up in Cambria and Somerset counties.
Fortunately for all of us who live and work in the U.S., insect-borne disease is not rampant in our country. But this isn't something to take for granted either, as we have seen this summer with the rapid spread of the chikungunya (chik-un-GOON-ya) virus throughout the Caribbean.
Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) numbers are up in most Pennsylvania and Maryland locations, and late blueberries and blackberries are at risk. Commercial SWD lures are supposed to last only 4 weeks and should be changed out soon.