Horn Fly Biocontrol: In Search of Faster Fungus

cattle with horn flies

By Ed Ricciuti Soon after silkworm eggs were smuggled out of China in the 12th Century, northern Italy and France emerged as centers of silk production, an industry almost brought to a standstill in the early 1800s by a mysterious disease that killed the caterpillars on which it depended. Bacteriologist Augustino Bassi determined the disease […]

Growing Rice in the Spice Islands: Pesticide Resistance and Regulation in Indonesia

Yohanes Andi Trisyono

By Laura Kraft This post is the ninth in the “Travel Bug” series by Laura Kraft, a recent graduate from the University of Georgia, who is chronicling her travels in Asia from an entomological perspective. See earlier posts from the series. A few years ago, Yohanes Andi Trisyono, Ph.D., of the Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) in […]

Control of West Indian Sweetpotato Weevils Informed by Their Mating Behavior

By John P. Roche West Indian sweetpotato weevils (Euscepes postfasciatus) are costly pests of sweetpotato plants (Ipomoea batatas) in the Pacific, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Entomologists in the Ryukyu Islands within the Okinawa Prefecture of Japan are implementing a sterile insect technique (SIT) program for eradicating West Indian sweetpotato weevils. SIT uses […]

Highlights: Entomologists Join the Crowds to March for Science

March for Science - Andrea Lucky

On Saturday, entomologists stood up for science. In cities around the world, they gathered with scientists of myriad disciplines and non-scientists as well to remind the world about the critical role of science in human progress. Some traveled from a great distance to participate in the flagship March for Science in Washington, DC, while many […]

Why Stink Bug Pheromone Traps Perform Poorly During Winter Invasions

brown marmorated stink bug

Score one for the brown marmorated stink bug, again. Since the pernicious pest arrived in the United States nearly 20 years ago, it has proven difficult to fend off, attacking crops in the summer and invading homes in the fall and winter. And, as a team of researchers has recently found, one of the leading […]