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Mowing Benefits Monarch Butterflies

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Nate Haan, Butterflies, Monarch

You might think that mowing fields wouldn’t benefit monarch butterfly populations. New research from Michigan State University, however, shows that disturbances like mowing ­– at key times –…

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MSU Forensic Entomologist is Helping Solve a Cold Case

Thursday, January 17, 2019
Eric Benbow

There’s an unsolved crime: a body found in a lake with little algal growth and no evidence of insects. Extremely odd, as other evidence suggests the body may…

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Plants’ Defense Against Insects is a Bouquet

Thursday, January 3, 2019
Vincenzina Caputo

Michigan State University scholar Andrea Glassmire and her colleagues have revealed how the mixture of chemical weapons deployed by plants keeps marauding insects off base better than a…

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7 MSU Ag-Bio Researchers Among Most Highly Cited

Friday, December 7, 2018
MSU Sign

Seven Michigan State University researchers have been recognized in the Highly Cited Researchers List, an annual compilation of the global leaders in scientific influence by Clarivate Analytics. The…

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MSU Scientists Lead Effort to Bring Fall Armyworm Management to Farmers

Friday, November 9, 2018
Armyworm

Michigan State University scientists Barry Pittendrigh and Julia Bello-Bravo have led the development of resources to help farmers in Africa and India protect their crops from fall armyworm,…

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Decomposition Recycles Nutrients, Diversifies Ecosystems

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
eric benbow

Thanks to a new study by Michigan State University, scientists now have a better way to investigate decomposing plants’ and animals’ contributions to the ecosystem. This necrobiome, the…

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Researchers Explore Diversity as New Weapon Against Crop Pests

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Despite advances in modern agriculture, insect pests continue to be one of the most significant and long-standing threats faced by farmers. Now, researchers in the lab of Michigan…

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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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