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.
What man breaks, man can fix … at least, that’s what we like to think. Consider, for example, bees. Bees of all species are dying off in the US and Europe and over the last few years we’ve seen the commercial beekeeping industry decimated by a syndrome called colony collapse disorder (CCD).
The Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) has released an online training video, called "Integrated Pest Management and Health Inspections".
What’s the difference between a good bug and a bad bug? Kids and parents participating in the Migrant Education Summer Camp at Southwark Elementary, South Philadelphia recently found out from Michelle Niedermeier, community IPM coordinator for PA IPM.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
They're pesky creatures that always seem to ruin your backyard summer barbecue, but now researchers say they're closer to figuring out why. Experts say mosquitoes could be more attracted to you for a number of reasons, but believe the answer could be in your DNA.