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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Ashley Yates receives ESA graduate student award

Sep. 5, 2018

Ashley Yates is this year’s awardee for the ESA P-IE Kenneth and Barbara Starks Plant Resistance to Insects Graduate Student Award!  Ashley is in the Translational Plant Sciences Graduate Program and advised by Andy Michel and co-advised by Josh Blakeslee (HCS). She is studying the molecular interactions between the soybean aphid and aphid-resistant soybean. Congratulations, Ashley!

DNA and a Supercomputer Partner to Sustain Honey Bees: New Research from Ohio State

Nov. 13, 2015

To uncover what plants honey bees rely on, researchers are using the latest DNA sequencing technology and a supercomputer. They spent months collecting pollen from beehives and have developed a multi-locus metabarcoding approach to identify which plants, and what proportions of each, are present in pollen samples.

A single colony can collect pollen from dozens of different plant species, and this pollen is useful evidence of the colony’s foraging behavior and nutrition preferences. Full Story Here

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