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2014-09-15 23:11:44

Today scientists with the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) joined with the American Phytopathological Society (APS) and the Entomological Society of America (ESA) to recognize the 50-year anniversary of the national Land-Grant University Pesticide Safety Education Program. Although the program has evolved over the past 50 years, it remains the focal point for pesticide safety education throughout the United States. Lawrence, KS (PRWEB) September 15, 2014 Today scientists with the...

New Parasitoid Wasp Species Discovered In China
2014-09-09 03:40:43

Entomological Society of America For the first time, wasps in the genus Spasskia (family: Braconidae) have been found in China, according to an article in the open-access Journal of Insect Science. In addition, a species in that genus which is totally new to science was also discovered. The new species, Spasskia brevicarinata, is very small — male and female adults are less than one centimeter long. It is similar to a previously described species called Spasskia indica, but the...

2014-06-24 23:06:45

In regards to recent discussion, leaders of the Entomological Society of America's SysEB Section support museum collections that house biological specimens, and encourage future collecting of whole specimens for conservation and management efforts. Alternatives such as photographs or audio recordings are no match for actual specimens, and discontinuing collection efforts would be detrimental to science. Annapolis, MD (PRWEB) June 24, 2014 Leaders of the Systematics, Evolution, and...

2014-04-10 23:03:09

Representing the Entomological Society of America (ESA), Past President Robert Wiedenmann, Ph.D., testified today before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies to request robust fiscal year (FY) 2015 funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Forest Service. Annapolis, MD (PRWEB) April 10, 2014 Representing the Entomological Society of America (ESA), Past President Robert Wiedenmann, Ph.D., testified today before...

Wasps Used To Fight Citrus Greening Disease Are Unlikely To Threaten Non-target Insects
2014-02-04 08:35:10

Entomological Society of America In August 2008 the Asian citrus psyllid (Diaphorina citri), an invasive insect known to spread citrus greening disease (huanglongbing), which can be lethal to citrus trees, was detected in southern California. After initial treatments with insecticides were determined to be costly and unsustainable, a decision was made to instead try biological control by using insect parasitoids that are known to attack the psyllids. However, since the only known...

New Study Could Help Rearing Of Stink Bugs For Biological Control
2014-01-05 07:13:10

Entomological Society of America Many people think of stink bugs as pests, especially as the brown marmorated stink bugs spreads throughout the U.S. However, certain stink bugs are beneficial, such as Podisus nigrispinus (Dallas), a predatory stink bug that is considered an important biological control agent for various insect pests of cotton, soybean, tomato, corn, kale, and other crops. Now a new study appearing in Annals of the Entomological Society of America called "Effect of Egg...

Different Colors Attract Sweet Potato Weevils
2014-01-03 08:27:23

Entomological Society of America The sweet potato weevil, Cylas formicarius (Fabricius), is the most serious pest of sweet potato around the world, damaging sweet potatoes in the field and in storage. Because the larval period is spent within vines or tubers, and the adults are nocturnal, chemical control frequently is not effective. Mass trapping using synthetic pheromones has suppressed populations of sweet potato weevil males in several countries, but it has not reduced the damage...

2013-12-16 23:23:32

The Entomological Society of America (ESA) is calling for symposia ideas for Entomology 2014, the society's 62nd Annual Meeting to be held in Portland, Oregon, November 16-19, 2014. (PRWEB) December 16, 2013 The Entomological Society of America (ESA) is calling for symposia ideas for Entomology 2014, the society's 62nd Annual Meeting to be held in Portland, Oregon, November 16-19, 2014. Like the recently held Entomology 2013, which was attended by nearly 3,500 people, Entomology...

Cold Can Kill Bedbugs But Than Can Still Survive Freezing Temperatures
2013-12-09 07:20:13

Entomological Society of America Exposing bed bug-infested clothing or other small items to freezing temperatures may be a viable control option for people at risk of bed bug infestations. However, a new study has found that bed bugs may be less susceptible to freezing temperatures than previously reported. In an article in the Journal of Economic Entomology called "Cold Tolerance of Bed Bugs and Practical Recommendations for Control," the authors describe how exposing bed bugs to...

Genetically Modified Sweet Corn Better For Environment, Safer For Farm Workers
2013-10-07 08:07:57

Entomological Society of America Since 1996, corn containing a gene that allows it to create a protein that is toxic to certain insects, yet safe for human consumption, has been grown in the United States. However, most of this "Bt corn" has been used for animal feed or processed into corn meal, starch, or other products. Although varieties of sweet corn (corn on the cob) have existed since the late 1990s, relatively few acres have been planted. Due to pressure from activist groups,...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'