As the emerald ash borer ravages North American ash trees, threatening the trees' very survival, a team of entomologists and engineers may have found a way to prevent the spread of the pests.
For decades, it's been a rite of spring. You hop in the car, head for the nearest garden center, and load up on impatiens, the best-selling, candy-colored annuals that thrive in shade, mound up like half a beach ball, and bloom their heads off till frost, asking little in return.
Everything from car seats to cat food can now be delivered to our doorsteps. But in addition to the item you ordered, what else may be lurking inside the packing box? Shripat Kamble, former director of the certification program for the Entomological Society of America and a professor of Entomology at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, scratches the issue.
Preserving genetically diverse local crops in areas where small-scale farms are rapidly modernizing is possible, according to a Penn State geographer, who is part of an international research project investigating the biodiversity of maize, or corn, in hotspots of Bolivia, Peru and Mexico.
Everybody’s heard of cover crops as a good source of nitrogen and a good way to cut down on soil erosion. But cover crops for disease control? In an organic system, they could be a good, albeit costly tool.
When Extension entomologist Greg Krawczyk started experimenting with a certain kind of trap to catch stink bugs last year, he saw a ray of hope. A light at the end of the tunnel, literally.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is moving to ban the sale of 12 D-Con mouse and rat poison products produced by Reckitt Benckiser Inc. because these products fail to comply with current EPA safety standards.
If Jeremy Barnes had his way, everyone would have at least one bee hive. A shortage of honeybees caused retail prices per pound of honey to increase annually for the last seven years. But beyond the growing cost of honey, Barnes focuses on the bigger picture, which includes the need for more pollination of fruit, vegetables and other crops. "Our environment is so toxic," said Barnes, a member of the York County Beekeepers' Association, of orchards and farm fields that are sprayed with pesticides and herbicides that kill bees.
New food safety and security regulations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will mandate producers adopt certain practices to reduce microbial contamination of fresh produce.
A recent report from the White House recommended that more of a focus be placed on Integrated Pest Management and the reduction of overall pesticide use. The full report is available at this link.
A new method for monitoring the decline in bee populations may prove a useful tool in much-needed conservation efforts. It requires only a few hundred pan traps: bright shallow bowls partly filled with soapy water or propylene glycol.
University of Maryland entomology professor Michael Raupp says the stink bug population could soar this spring and summer - much like it did in 2010.
The EPA is proposing to clarify the substances on the minimum risk pesticide ingredient list and the way ingredients are identified on product labels. Minimum risk pesticides are a special class of pesticides that are not subject to federal registration requirements because their ingredients, both active and inert, are demonstrably safe for the intended use.
Farm families, agribusiness workers and visitors who want to get an up-close look at livestock and the latest in farm products will want to attend the 97th annual Pennsylvania Farm Show.
Boston health officials say new city data indicate that asthma incidences have dropped nearly by half since 2005. That is when the housing authority teamed up with the Boston Public Health Commission to reduce the number of roaches and rodents, while reducing the use of pesticides, which, along with roach and rodent droppings, can aggravate asthma symptoms.
A free ten-part IPM training program designed for child care and early learning environments is now available. The PowerPoint set presents a step-by-step approach to improving management of pests and reducing pesticide risks.
A plant may start to prime its defenses as soon as it gets a whiff of a male fly searching for a mate, according to Penn State entomologists. Once tall goldenrod plants smell a sex attractant emitted by true fruit fly males, they appear to prepare chemical defenses that make them less appealing to female flies that could damage the plants by depositing eggs on them, the researchers said.
How quickly we forget. After the publication of “Silent Spring,” 50 years ago, we (scientists, environmental and health advocates, birdwatchers, citizens) managed to curb the use of pesticides and our exposure to them — only to see their application grow and grow to the point where American agriculture uses more of them than ever before.
The Peterson Farm Brothers present “Farmer Style,” a parody of PSY’s “Gangnam Style.” Please enjoy, share with your friends, and remember to thank a farmer for your food!
In the rain forests of Costa Rica lives Anelosimus octavius, a species of spider that sometimes displays a strange and ghoulish habit. From time to time these spiders abandon their own web and build a radically different one, a home not for the spider but for a parasitic wasp that has been living inside it.