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.
Researchers discovered several possibly threatened new species of ensign wasps from Sub-Saharan Africa -- the first known insects to exhibit transverse folding of the fore wing. The scientists made this discovery, in part, using a technique they developed that provides broadly accessible anatomy descriptions.
What can ants teach us about the transmission and spread of human disease? Perhaps a lot, according to a team of researchers who recently received a grant of more than $1.8 million from the National Science Foundation to explore this question.
Are you a grower dealing with stink bugs? We need your help! We're surveying growers to assess the impact of BMSB on crops and gathering information that will help us defeat this pest.
Children attending one summer camp this year will encounter a lot of bugs. But they won't have to pack insect repellent. Young bug enthusiasts can satisfy their curiosity about insects by attending Penn State's Bug Camp for Kids from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 23 to 26.
A surprising finding about East African honeybees lends new hope to the fight against colony collapses in the West. Scientists have discovered that bees in Kenya have strong resistance to the same pathogens responsible for the deaths of billions of bees elsewhere in the world.
Three organic field crop farmers presented a panel discussion at the 2014 PASA Conference to share their experiences using diverse cover crop mixtures. The three farmers, Wade Esbenshade, Bucky Ziegler and Dan DeTurk, have been collaborating with Penn State Extension to conduct on-farm research measuring the ecosystem functions provided by cover crops in organic systems.
Spiders are the dominant terrestrial predators on earth with fascinating biology. Explore the biology of spiders with Dr. Linda Rayor, an expert on spider behavior and star of Monster Bug Wars. What is the most poisonous spider in the world? What animals are the most important predators on spiders? How is conflict between the sexes worked out among cannibals? What happens when spiders live together in groups? Find out more in ‘A romance with spiders’.
University Park, Pa. -- Scientists in the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State received three grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Science Foundation to study various threats to honeybees, including disease, pesticides and the extinction and invasion of other species into their habitats.
A local startup’s Big Idea has won $25,000 from Ben Franklin Technology Partners. Nina Jenkins of Penn State’s Department of Entomology and her business partner, Giovani Bellicanta, have developed a patent-pending, nontoxic, bio-pesticide that successfully removes and further prevents bed bug infestations in homes and hotel rooms.
As warmer weather is heating up the frozen winter ground, brown marmorated stink bugs are beginning to emerge. Susan Hyland, Master Gardener coordinator with the Penn State Cooperative Extension of Schuylkill County, said Wednesday that they can be pests but are not harmful and might be found in your home during the winter when they hibernate.
Gardeners may have gotten a helping hand from Old Man Winter this season as the cold temperatures may have a positive effect in limiting bugs and plant disease for this coming growing season.
With temperatures slowly increasing, we all start to think about the wonderful fresh produce that comes along with warmer, longer days as more and more people are looking for local sources to purchase the season's bounty. One of the ever increasingly popular ways to do so is through Community Supported Agriculture or CSA. Now you can search for a CSA near you using an online map recently developed by Penn State Extension. You can access the map at extension.psu.edu/Lehigh under "Spotlight" or go to http://tinyurl.com/csamap15.
One of agricultural biotechnology’s great success stories may become a cautionary tale of how short-sighted mismanagement can squander the benefits of genetic modification. After years of predicting it would happen — and after years of having their suggestions largely ignored by companies, farmers and regulators — scientists have documented the rapid evolution of corn rootworms that are resistant to Bt corn.
Two Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences graduate students have been awarded fellowships from the U.S. Borlaug Global Food Security Program. Maggie Douglas, a doctoral student in entomology and international agriculture and development, and Katie Tavenner, a doctoral student in rural sociology and women's studies, received the fellowships to support their international research projects.
If you were hoping that this winter's freezing temperatures had sent the hated stink bugs packing, you are out of luck. Turns out, they have the good sense to come in from the cold. "I would be nice to think that winter killed them," said Stanton Gill of the University of Maryland Extension, where he specializes in integrated pest management. "But I doubt it. They are good at finding places to hunker down."
UNIVERSITY PARK - You run into the other room while Billy plays on the kitchen floor with his toys. You are gone for just a few minutes. When you return to the kitchen you find that he has gotten into the cabinet under the kitchen sink, where you store the products you use around the house. The cabinet doors are easy for Billy to open because they are at his level and they aren’t locked. Billy’s excited because he found a bottle with a bright green liquid inside. He’s seen other kids and adults drinking green liquid out of such bottles. He puts his mouth on the bottle and….
Crops genetically modified with the bacterium Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) produce proteins that kill pest insects. Steady exposure has prompted concern that pests will develop resistance to these proteins, making Bt plants ineffective.