Meet Bethany McGregor, Ph.D., veterinary entomologist, expert in Culicoides biting midges, and subject of the next installment of our "Standout Early Career Professionals" series.
Black fig fly is a specialized pest of figs native to the Mediterranean region and first reported in the U.S. in 2021, in southern California. This fly is a threat to commercial fig production, and while little is known about it, researchers are now working to improve our knowledge of black fig fly ecology and management.
DNA barcoding reveals that phorid fly species Megaselia sulphurizona comprises at least 16 species. Researchers say their findings may be just the tip of the iceberg of cryptic biodiversity in Megaselia flies.
The current state of managing fly pests in livestock reveals a need for better understanding of underlying economics. A group of researchers in veterinary entomology, agricultural economics, and population modeling outline what's needed to build a transdisciplinary IPM approach for controlling flies in animal production.
Could specialty cut flowers grown in high tunnels attract pollinators to nearby agricultural crops—and provide growers with a supplemental income source? A research team in Wyoming finds promising results.