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.
The bats Ted Williams demanded, with their 25 growth rings per inch, came from the Allegheny Mountain forests that unfurl in all directions from this flyspeck Warren County town. So did the wide-grain models Pete Rose preferred and Dick Allen's 40-inch, 40-ounce wagon tongues.
After a long winter, summer finally has arrived. And with the new season comes the activity of pollinators -- birds, bees, butterflies and more.
Malaria parasites alter the chemical odor signal of their hosts to attract mosquitos and better spread their offspring, according to researchers, who believe this scent change could be used as a diagnostic tool.
Big box stores and major garden centers across the U.S. and Canada have been selling consumers plants labeled "bee-friendly" that have actually been treated with pesticides known to be toxic for bees, according to a report released Wednesday.
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.