Honey bees are valuable pollinators of fruits, vegetables and nut trees. Since 2006, beekeepers across the U. S. have been reporting a phenomenon called "Colony Collapse Disorder" (CCD) in which the adult bees simply disappear from the colony hives.
When farmers grow vegetables organically, they need to figure out how they will get rid of weeds and pests. Many remove the weeds mechanically with cultivators, but it is also very common to use black plastic row cover fabric which blocks the weeds from growing and helps retain moisture from drip irrigation, too.
In 2014, the Northeastern IPM Center awarded $300,000 for research and outreach through IPM Partnership Grants, a competitive program supported by funds from USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The projects include efforts to stop invasive insects, increase IPM knowledge among Latinos in urban and agricultural settings, and alleviate food deserts.
West Nile virus is making its annual summer pilgrimage to the Keystone State. According to the Pennsylvania West Nile Virus Control Program, Centre County is one of three spots that have had positive tests come back so far this year.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached agreement with Reckitt Benckiser Inc. to cancel 12 d-CON mouse and rat poison products that do not currently comply with EPA safety standards.
Two Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences graduate students gained valuable international experience and earned dual-degrees upon their recent graduation. The students were enrolled in the International Agriculture and Development (INTAD) dual-title degree program. According to Deanna Behring, the college's director of international programs, the program provides students with international perspectives and expertise to strengthen their primary graduate degree.
If you're planning on spending time outdoors this summer, you'll find that the insect repellent aisle of your local pharmacy offers a dazzling array of options to protect you from hungry bugs. Hardcore DEET-based sprays like Off! Deep Woods ($6.79 for 6 oz.) promise to ward off ticks, mosquitoes, flies, chiggers, and gnats for an entire day.
Put on a long sleeve shirt and load up on some pest repellent, because tick season in Pennsylvania is expected to get progressively worse year after year. According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, Pennsylvania leads the nation in the number of Lyme disease cases, and Penn State Urban Entomologist Steve Jacobs said that’s because of an increasing tick population.
Across Latin American, large beetles known as vinchucas spread Chagas disease. The disease can lie dormant for years, but when it emerges, it can damage the digestive system and heart, sometimes fatally. Chemist Pilar Mateo has come up with a paint that slowly releases insecticides, making homes inhospitable to these parasite-spreading bugs.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Health confirmed Friday that a mosquito has tested positive for carrying the West Nile virus in Dauphin County. The mosquito tested positive for West Nile virus in Lower Paxton Township on May 13. This is the first positive detection for 2014.
While orchards across much of the eastern U.S. survived a late blast of cold weather, new threats are on the horizon, said Kari Peter, Penn State tree fruit pathologist. Peter was at Brecknock Orchard in Mohnton, Pa., last week for a Lancaster/York Fruit Growers twilight meeting.
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.
Green cleaning refers to using cleaning methods and products with environmentally friendly ingredients designed to preserve human health and environmental quality. The Healthy Schools Campaign, a project that started in Illinois has done extensive research on the benefits of green cleaning for schools.
Delysha Jordan, a mother of four, discovered something wasn’t right when her 9 and 13-year-old woke up in the middle of the night gasping for air. “I could tell it was hard for them to breathe by looking at their chest and seeing how much work it took them to take their next breath,” she said. All of her children, ages ranging from 2 to 13 years old, have been diagnosed with asthma.
Now that spring has actually arrived, the flies are abundant as well as pollinators on our dandelions in our yard. I feel as though the dandelions are nature’s beauty adding a little color to our green grass that has now started to grow, not to mention the nutritional value of dandelions that we can add to our lovely salads this spring and summer.
In urban areas of Pennsylvania, asthma rates are rising, affecting one out of every ten people. Asthma is a chronic lung disease that, for some people, can be controlled by avoiding “triggers” such as cockroaches, mice, certain pesticides and other lung irritants and allergens.
Planting cover crops in rotation between cash crops -- widely agreed to be ecologically beneficial -- is even more valuable than previously thought, according to a team of agronomists, entomologists, agroecologists, horticulturists and biogeochemists from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
The scent of Cilantro may go fine with dinner, but not if it’s from a stinkbug that fell into your enchiladas. The invasive pests are now in 41 states, the district of Columbia and Canada and several countries in Europe.