Have you thanked a bee lately? Roughly one out of every three or four bites we take is due to the busy little bees that pollinate our fruits and vegetables. Without bees, our food would cost more. Some might not be readily available at all. So our health is linked to the bees' health.
A rash shaped like a bull's-eye, flu-like symptoms and Bell's palsy facial paralysis are some of the telltale signs of Lyme disease, and doctors across the region have been seeing more cases than usual this summer.
Temperature-driven changes alter outbreak patterns of tea tortrix -- an insect pest -- and may shed light on how temperature influences whether insects emerge as cohesive cohorts or continuously, according to an international team of researchers. These findings have implications for both pest control and how climate change may alter infestations.
The benefits of creating pollinator-friendly landscapes will be the focus of the Yard and Garden area at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days, Aug. 13-15. The demonstration plots there are now four years old, according to Molly Sturniolo, coordinator of Penn State Extension’s Master Gardeners program in Centre County.
Local farmers say they’re happy that stink bugs – the smelly brown insect that feeds on crops – seem to be waning, although they don’t quite know why. The mystery of the vanishing stink bugs is puzzling entomologists, too.
A few degrees north of the equator, in the hot, humid rainforests of Ghana, two groups of farmers are vying for dominance over the world’s most productive chocolate-growing region. The trouble is, these competitors aren’t humans. They’re ants.
A series of informative, authoritative presentations about agricultural topics will be offered in the College of Agricultural Sciences Exhibits Building theater during the 2013 edition of Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 13-15.
Researchers have unearthed another reason that bees might be getting sick, and they suspect it’s connected to common fungicides used on crops, such as blueberries and almonds, for which commercial honeybees are brought in as pollinators.
There is still time to register for the second International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy being held August 14 to 17 at the Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.
In this issue: Penn State Partnership Benefits New Pest Tech in South Asia; Uninvited Guests: Ticks; Penn State to Host International Conference on Pollinator Health; New Heat Treatment Program Battles Invasive Species; Hispanic Growers Meet; Useful Websites; Upcoming Events
During the warm summer months, mosquitoes can breed in any small amount of standing water and it takes them only a week to go from egg to biting adult. In addition to being bothersome, these biting insects have the potential to carry West Nile Virus (WNV), a disease that can cause neurological problems in humans and other animals.
As Local Foods Week gets closer, it’s time to mark your calendars for August 10th and plan where you want to stop on the Centre County Farm Tour! There are seventeen farms on the Tour, all of which are eager to welcome you to their world and share their livelihood with you.
As Pennsylvania soybean producers scout their fields this summer, one new pest they should be on the lookout for is the kudzu bug, an exotic stink bug-like pest that is headed toward the state, says Dr. John Tooker, Assistant Professor of Entomology at Penn State.
It’s not as nasty as Giant Hogweed, which can leave you with burns if you touch its sap, but another weed is causing concern in Pennsylvania. Poison Hemlock is growing rapidly in the Lancaster and State College areas, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a statement concerning use of pesticides and their unintended negative impacts on pollinator health. This was triggered by a massive kill of bumblebees following applications of pesticides to linden trees to control aphids in Oregon. While this event has received much publicity, pesticides applied to crops kill scores of bumblebees and other pollinators every summer.
Preparations are ramping up for Penn State's 2013 Ag Progress Days exposition, which will be held Aug. 13 to 15 at Rock Springs in Centre County. Sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences, the expo is held at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center, nine miles southwest of State College on state Route 45. Admission and parking are free.
The brown marmorated stink bug is back for another season of damaging Pennsylvania fields, but it’s still too early to tell just how much of a menace the mottled, malodorous pest will pose to farmers this year.
As the honeybee population continues to decline, consumers may end up paying more for their fruits and vegetables. "This is a very big problem for agriculture. Apples are pollinated by honeybees for the most part. Managed honeybees are brought in and are also important to pollinate pumpkins, cucumbers and early berries," said Maryann Frazier, a honeybee specialist at Penn State Extension.
Every year, soybean growers face two formidable foes in their fields: Insect pests and disease. To give growers an edge on dealing with these potentially yield-robbing problems, the Pennsylvania Soybean Board, in collaboration with Penn State Extension, is funding a sentinel plot project.
Eager to learn what their tree-growing colleagues find successful, about 80 folks boarded wagons pulled by tractors late last month and headed up the rolling hills at Scholl Orchards in Albany Township, Berks County.