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Mosquitoes reared in cooler temperatures more susceptible to viruses that can affect human health
Virginia Tech scientists have discovered mosquitoes reared in cooler temperatures have weaker immune systems, making them more susceptible to dangerous viruses and thus more likely to transmit diseases to people. The finding may have a bearing on urban epidemics resulting from viral diseases, such as West Nile fever and chikungunya fever, which are transmitted by infected mosquitoes. (2013-06-03)

Of lice and man: Researchers sequence human body louse genome
A multi-institutional team has recently sequenced the body louse genome, an achievement that will yield new insights into louse -- and human -- biology and evolution. (2010-06-28)

Florida professor creates endowment for insect scientists
Dr. Nan-Yao Su, a professor of entomology at the University of Florida, has donated $250,000 to the Entomological Society of America for the establishment of an endowment to award creative entomologists who have demonstrated the ability to find alternative solutions to problems that significantly impact entomology. Each year, the interest from the $250,000 will be presented to the winner of ESA's newest award, the Nan-Yao Su Award for Innovation and Creativity in Entomology. (2009-01-07)

Termites eavesdrop on competitors to survive
The drywood termite, Cryptotermes secundus, eavesdrops on its more aggressive subterranean competitor, Coptotermes acinaciformis, to avoid contact with it, according to scientists from CSIRO Entomology and the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy. (2009-08-30)

Bat tick found for the first time in New Jersey
A tick species associated with bats has been reported for the first time in New Jersey and could pose health risks to people, pets and livestock, according to a Rutgers-led study in the Journal of Medical Entomology. This species (Carios kelleyi) is a ''soft'' tick. Deer ticks, which carry Lyme disease, are an example of ''hard'' ticks. (2020-09-09)

Mosquito behavior may be immune response, not parasite manipulation
Malaria-carrying mosquitoes appear to be manipulated by the parasites they carry, but this manipulation may simply be part of the mosquitoes' immune response, according to Penn State entomologists. (2013-05-22)

Carol Anelli to deliver 2017 ESA Founders' Memorial lecture
Carol M. Anelli, Ph.D., a distinguished professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Entomology at the Ohio State University, has been selected to deliver the Founders' Memorial Award lecture at Entomology 2017, the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), November 5-8 in Denver. Her lecture will honor Anna Botsford Comstock, the first woman professor at Cornell University. (2017-01-30)

Media advisory: 3,000 insect scientists to meet at Entomology 2015 in Minneapolis
Members of the media are invited to attend Entomology 2015, which will be held Nov. 15-18, 2015, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. (2015-11-03)

3 UC Riverside entomologists honored by Entomological Society of America
Three entomologists at the University of California, Riverside, have won awards from the Entomological Society of America. Timothy Paine won the Distinguished Achievement Award in Horticultural Entomology; Bradley Mullens won the Recognition Award in Entomology; and former graduate student Allison Hansen won a John Henry Comstock Graduate Student Award. (2009-10-01)

Mobile-friendly soybean disease field guide now available
A new mobile-friendly disease field guide will help growers, agents and consultants in the Mid-South quickly assess foliar diseases in soybean fields. (2016-08-23)

Beetle tree of life reveals the evolutionary history of Earth's most diverse group of animals
New research reconstructs the beetle family tree and shows how this important group of insects diversified and otherwise flourished over the last nearly 300 million years. (2015-07-06)

Virus inhibits immune response of caterpillars and plants
It is well known that certain wasps suppress the immune systems of their caterpillar hosts so they can successfully raise their young within those hosts. Now researchers at Penn State show that, in addition to suppressing caterpillar immune systems, wasps also suppress the defense mechanisms of the plants on which the caterpillars feed, which ensures that the caterpillars will continue to provide a suitable environment for the wasps' offspring. (2018-05-01)

World's largest entomology meeting to be held in Portland in November
Journalists are encouraged to attend Entomology 2014, the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Nov. 16-19, 2014 in Portland. (2014-10-14)

How to keep stink bugs out this winter
Every winter stink bugs infiltrate homes across the United States and two new studies published in the Journal of Economic Entomology by Virginia Tech researchers may shed some light on ways to keep the pests away. (2019-02-21)

Home cleanliness, residents' tolerance predict where cockroaches take up residence
Poor home sanitation and residents' tolerance regarding German cockroaches were a good predictor of the pest's presence in their apartments, according to a Rutgers study in Paterson and Irvington, New Jersey. (2018-11-07)

Beneficial insects, nematodes not harmed by genetically modified, insect-resistant crops
Two new studies show that genetically modified Bt crops have no negative effects on two beneficial insect predators or on a beneficial, entomopathogenic nematode. (2014-02-02)

UC Riverside entomologist honored with Silver Medal from International Society
For his outstanding contributions to the discipline of chemical ecology, Ring Cardé, a distinguished professor and Alfred M. Boyce Chair in Entomology at the University of California, Riverside, has been honored with the Silver Medal of the International Society for Chemical Ecology. The ISCE Silver Medal is the highest honor awarded by the society, and recognizes a scientist's career achievement, rather than any one single achievement, in chemical ecology. (2009-10-05)

Entomology 2011 symposia selected
The Entomological Society of America (ESA) has selected 37 insect-science symposia for its 2011 meeting in Reno, Nev., November 13-16, 2011. (2011-04-05)

Study shows single insecticide application can kill 3 cockroach generations
One dose of an insecticide can kill three generations of cockroaches as they feed off of each other and transfer the poison, according to Purdue University entomologists who tested the effectiveness of a specific gel bait. (2008-06-23)

Big data for little creatures
A multi-disciplinary team of researchers at UC Riverside has received $3 million from the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship program to prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers who will learn how to exploit the power of big data to understand insects. The program, the first of its kind worldwide, will serve as a replicable education and training model for other institutions with an interest in developing computational entomology programs. (2016-10-10)

Pesticide detection on a chip
Nanotechnology can be applied to make high-throughput tests, for example for pesticides or other contaminants, that are smaller, faster and more sensitive than conventional assays. (2004-03-29)

K-State contributions to red flour beetle genome sequencing featured in March 27 issue of Nature
The red flour beetle, a pest of stored grain and grain products, is the best organism for studying genetics. (2008-03-23)

UC Davis researchers find key mechanism that causes neuropathic pain
A biological process called endoplasmic reticulum stress appears to play a key role in causing neuropathic pain, according to this new study. The discovery could eventually lead to new therapeutics for controlling chronic pain associated with trauma, diabetes, shingles, multiple sclerosis or other conditions that cause nerve damage. (2015-07-06)

Two AgriLife Research entomologists co-author bedbug genome mapping paper
Two Texas A&M AgriLife Research entomologists are among a team of some 80 international scientists whose work in sequencing the genome of the bedbug was published in the scientific journal Nature Communications on Feb. 2. (2016-02-02)

Smaller mosquitoes are more likey to be infected with viruses causing human diseases
An entomologist at the Illinois Natural History Survey, a division of the new UI Institute for Natural Resource Sustainability, says smaller mosquitoes are more likely to be infected with viruses that cause diseases in humans. (2008-11-03)

Leading bed bug experts to speak in San Diego
As bed bugs continue to be found in homes and public buildings across the country, some of the leading bed bug experts will meet at Entomology 2010, the Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America and the largest insect science meeting in the world. (2010-12-05)

Can indigenous insects be used against the light brown apple moth?
A new study in Environmental Entomology suggests that insects native to California may be suitable biocontrol agents against the light brown apple moth. (2012-02-08)

West Nile virus warning system from climate data
Cornell University's Northeast Regional Climate Center and Department of Entomology will collect climate data this summer in areas where disease-carrying mosquitoes are found, to develop a system that predicts when, where and under which conditions mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus can either thrive or die. (2003-06-19)

Unique images bring fossil insects back to life
A groundbreaking new book that brings together two of the major disciplines behind 'Jurassic Park' is aiming to raise the profile of insect fossils through stunning photographs and unique illustrations. (2014-07-29)

For entomologists, a gender gap remains in academic, government employment
Despite a healthy pipeline of women graduating from entomology programs in the United States, insect science jobs in academia and government are disproportionately held by men, according to a new study in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America. The study indicates that men exceed women in university and federal entomology jobs by a 3-to-1 ratio, even though women have earned more than 40 percent of doctoral degrees in entomology for the past decade. (2018-09-05)

Researchers discover how ant species uses abdomen for extra power during jumps
Researchers in the department of entomology at the University of Illinois have shown how a species of ant uses its abdomen to add speed to its jump, in a recent study published in Integrative Organismal Biology. The results indicate that moving their abdomens aids the ants to jump further, higher, and faster overall. This is particularly helpful to the ants as they try to navigate the detritus on a forest floor. (2019-12-18)

Mosquito egg hunt: Many Culex species prefer alternatives to standing water
The conventional wisdom about where many mosquitoes lay their eggs -- in standing water -- is not always wise. Research into a diverse group of mosquitoes shows that many, if not most, regularly lay their eggs on a variety of surfaces, and in a surprising location: above nearby water. The findings run counter to scientific generalizations about the mosquitoes' egg-laying habits and may complicate the work of researchers and mosquito control professionals. (2017-04-12)

Scientists track gene activity when honey bees do and don't eat honey
In a new study, described in Scientific Reports, researchers took a broad look at changes in gene activity in response to diet in the Western honey bee, and found significant differences occur depending on what the bees eat. (2014-07-17)

Honey bee researcher wins National Research Initiative Discovery Award
Dr. Tanya Pankiw, Texas Agricultural Experiment Station assistant professor, has been awarded the 2006 National Research Initiative Discovery Award. The award was presented January 9 at the 2007 Texas A&M University Agriculture Conference in College Station. (2007-01-17)

New memoir collection spotlights the success of black entomologists
A new book published by the Entomological Society of America (ESA) gives an inside look at the childhood, university, and career experiences of 20 successful black entomologists from around the globe, including the challenges they overcame and the mentors who inspired them. (2015-09-11)

New forensic entomology observations expand knowledge of decomposition ecology
A new study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology shows that insects that have not been previously associated with human corpses actually interact with dead human bodies, which may provide clues for forensic entomologists in the future. (2015-01-22)

UCR graduate student discovers, names bacterium linked to psyllid yellows
Allison Hansen, a doctoral student in entomology at the University of California, Riverside, has discovered and named a new bacterial pathogen that could be responsible for (2008-08-11)

How the mosquito immune system fights off the malaria parasite
A new study describes the way mosquito immune systems fight malaria parasites using various waves of resistance. The study could lay the groundwork for future research to combat the transmission of malaria, which sickens millions of people across the globe every year. (2019-07-10)

NCSU entomologist Fred Gould to present 2014 Founders' Memorial Lecture
Dr. Fred Gould, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Entomology at North Carolina State University, has been selected to deliver the Founders' Memorial Award lecture at Entomology 2014, the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America to be held in Portland, Oregon, Nov. 16-19, 2014. (2014-02-13)

Dr. Anthony James to deliver Founders' Memorial Lecture at 2016 International Congress of Entomology
Dr. Anthony A. James, a distinguished professor at the University of California, Irvine, has been selected to deliver the Founders' Memorial Award lecture at the 2016 International Congress of Entomology (ICE 2016). (2016-03-08)

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