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Microbes After Death Offer Public Health Insights

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Eric Benbow, assistant professor of entomology, pose on Wednesday October 22, 2014.

New research conducted at Michigan State University and published in the current issue of Nature Scientific Reports, shows that the postmortem microbiome ­– populations of micro-organisms that move…

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New Discovery from Michigan’s First, Full Bee Census

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The first complete bee census, led by Michigan State University scientists, confirmed a new species and revealed that the actual number of bee species in Michigan exceeded earlier…

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MSU Researchers Find Ways to Kill Pests, Not Honeybees

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Bombus impatiens nectaring on Lantana sp. in Okemos, Michigan. Photo taken September 24, 2017 by F. W. Ravlin. Canon 5D Mark III, 100 mm macro.

Researchers at Michigan State University’s entomology department have unlocked a key to maintain the insecticide’s effectiveness in eliminating pests without killing beneficial bugs, such as bees. The study,…

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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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