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Department of Entomology

Stopping Invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Brown marmorated stink bug

In 1998, residents of Allentown, Pennsylvania, began to notice an unfamiliar insect lurking in the shadows of their homes and gardens. Though it bore a passing resemblance to…

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Pigeon Pea, White Yam: Ghana’s Perfect Crop Combo

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
BEHEARDpigeon pea

White yam is a profitable crop for Ghana’s smallholder farmers, but it poses two big problems: the plants need to be staked, which eats up about a third…

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MSU Researcher Finds Bees’ Enemy Has Genetic Weakness

Monday, August 14, 2017
Varroa mites on bees

Seemingly indestructible Varroa mites have decimated honeybee populations and are a primary cause of colony collapse disorder, or CCD. Michigan State University scientists have found genetic holes in…

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MSU Researchers Study Ways to Enhance Pollinators’ Habitat

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
bee

A team of Michigan State University entomologists will use a new grant close to $1 million to study pollinators and to engage with key stakeholders in four regions…

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New Resources Available for Farmers for National Pollinator Week

Monday, June 12, 2017

How can farmers help bees and ensure they get reliable pollination for their crops? That question is being addressed by the Integrated Crop Pollination Project, which is celebrating…

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MSU Gets Grant to Fight Tart Cherry Tree Pest

Monday, June 5, 2017
Spotted Wing Drosophila

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, a nonprofit established through bipartisan congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill, awarded $150,000 today to scientists at Michigan State University…

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MSU to Get Nearly $1mil. to Fight Invasive Species

Monday, February 27, 2017
McCullough, Sakalidis, Ziegler

Three Michigan State University researchers received nearly $1 million in grants to help prevent and control invasive species in Michigan. The grants are part of the Michigan Invasive…

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Spotted Wing Drosophila Proves Formidable Fruit Foe

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
MSU entomologist Rufus Isaacs works with his students and staff in the laboratory.

When a tiny invasive fly — the size of a grain of rice — called spotted wing drosophila (SWD) first arrived in California from Asia in 2008, researchers weren’t overly…

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Top Michigan State Researchers Named MSU Foundation Professors

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Joey Huston, Christopher Klausmeier, Elena Litchman, Barry Pittendrigh, Michael Thomashow

Michigan State University recently named six new MSU Foundation Professors, a designation given to outstanding faculty who demonstrate excellence in research and teaching, while enhancing the prominence of…

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MSU to Digitize Butterfly, Moth Research Collections

Thursday, November 3, 2016
Anthony Cognato, collection director of MSU's A.J. Cook Arthropod Research Collection, examining butterfly specimens.

Butterflies and moths are challenging and economically significant pests for growers. Because they are closely associated with the plants they feed on, they are also frequently used by…

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