Entomology research featured in Cleveland event

Aug. 22, 2017

Research underway in Cleveland by graduate student Denisha Parker, undergraduate Ryan Byler, and entomologist Mary Gardiner was featured in the city's ciCLEvia event July 16.

In its second year, ciCLEvia is an open streets movement that periodically closes down sections of the city to motorists and opens it to everything from yoga to cycling to giant Jenga games and hula hooping. 

Bees in Your Backyard: Olivia Carril Coming to Ohio in August!

June 16, 2017

Author and biologist Olivia Carril will travel to Ohio in August to teach four daylong native bee workshops. Each workshop includes hands-on bee identification using microscopes as well as field experiences with plant and bee experts.

Wednesday, August 2: University of Mount Union in Alliance

Thursday, August 3: Stratford Ecological Center in Delaware

Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers, 2017 PDF

Nov. 18, 2016

Our new 2017 Midwest Vegetable Production Guide is now available for download.
 

The Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers is a collaboration of land-grant universities from seven states. It provides vegetable production information that is valid in the participating states for the current year. This includes fertility, variety, cultural, and pest management recommendations
 

Insecticide Can Hamper Yield Increase from Bees in Soybeans (Bee Culture magazine)

Aug. 17, 2016

Although soybean aphids remain at low levels, Reed Johnson and Andy Michel, two Ohio State University researchers are concerned that many growers are going to add insecticides to spray tanks when applying fungicides.

“Well, I’m going over the field anyway so I thought I’d add an insecticide for insurance purposes! The insecticide is relatively cheap and soybeans are worth so much!” is what researchers say they hear from farmers this time of year.

The researchers are clear that they do not recommend this practice, and feel an IPM approach is much better for everyone and everything, including the environment. They do not recommend an insecticide application unless there is a need.

 

OSU Seeks Assistant Professor, Medical and Veterinary Entomology

Aug. 2, 2016

The Department of Entomology (http://entomology.osu.edu) in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (http://cfaes.osu.edu/) of The Ohio State University (OSU) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Medical and Veterinary Entomology (50% research; 30% teaching; 20% outreach) to study the biology, ecology, and management of arthropods that vector viruses and other pathogens that cause diseases of humans and/or animals.  The position can be located at either the Columbus or Wooster campus, which each provide state-of-the-art facilities for conducting infectious disease research and excellent opportunities for collaboration with food, veterinary, medical, public health, and animal and plant scientists.

Entomology Graduate Student Selected as a Fellow for AIARD’s Future Leaders Forum

May. 16, 2016

Diego Orellana Vintimilla, a M.S. student in the Department of Entomology, was recently named a fellow to the Future Leaders Forum – a competitive program managed by the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development(AIARD) aimed at fostering student interest in international agriculture and rural development issues and their solutions.

Bees Create a Buzz with Annual 4-H Challenge

May. 4, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Honeybees don’t just buzz. They dance.

And thousands of students in Ohio and seven other states will learn why that’s a vital aspect of honeybee pollination as they participate in this year’s 4-H Ag Innovators Experience, the Honey Bee Challenge.

The challenge was developed by specialists with Ohio State University Extension.

It’s the third consecutive year that OSU Extension has developed the challenge used for the annual innovators experience, sponsored by the National 4-H Council and Monsanto Company.

“There’s a lot of interest and concern about honeybees,” said Beth Hecht, grant manager for the National 4-H Council. “This topic seemed like a natural for our annual challenge.”

Protecting and Enhancing Pollinators in Urban Landscapes: New Multi-state Bulletin

April 12, 2016

This 30 page full-color bulletin includes plant lists for bees and butterflies (including annuals, herbaceous perennials, shrubs and trees) and details steps to create and maintain pollinator habitat. Pollinator-friendly pest management strategies are outlined. A season-long plant sequence is included.

Concerns Over Chagas Disease and Kissing Bugs in Ohio Unwarranted

Dec. 11, 2015

The risk of contracting this disease in Ohio is extremely low. Chagas disease is a chronic illness caused by a protozoan parasite (Trypanosoma cruzi) that is similar to the one that causes African sleeping sickness.  In brief, when an infected kissing bug feeds on a human host, the parasite can be transmitted to humans.  Chagas disease is an important illness throughout Central and South America. Read 12/22/15 story here.

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