Opportunities and Challenges for Managing Pests in Organic Greenhouses

Screenhouse

By Meredith Swett Walker If you live in a temperate climate, you probably think of greenhouses as a tool to produce fruit, vegetable, and flower crops out of season. But these structures don’t just trap heat; they can also keep pests out. In fact, greenhouses are commonly used in warmer climates but primarily for pest […]

For Termites, Home is Where the Molt Is

premolt termites

If, like some creatures on this Earth, you had to periodically shed your skin, would you prefer to do that out in public or in the privacy of your own home? If you’d choose the latter, then congratulations—you have at least one thing in common with a termite. In a study published the Journal of […]

A Potential New Tool in the Battle Against a Bee-Killing Bacteria

foulbrood bee larva

By Meredith Swett Walker It’s a beekeeper’s nightmare: She lifts the lid on her carefully tended hive and is greeted with a whiff of rotting flesh. Further inspection finds that the young bees of the colony, who should be plump, pearly-white larvae, have melted into a puddle of brownish goo at the bottom of their […]

Fallen Fruit Breeds Invasive Flies

spotted-wing drosophila closeup

By Andrew Porterfield The spotted-wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii) made its way from Asia to Hawaii benignly enough: Its Hawaii arrival was discovered in 1980 but didn’t trigger aggressive attempts to eradicate it. The fruit fly’s 2008 North American arrival in Santa Cruz, California, however, ushered in a far more destructive era for the fly—it’s now […]

Study on Insect Decline Highlights Need for Enhanced Research and Conservation

malaise trap in German field

No doubt you saw the headlines last week: Insects are in serious trouble, @edyong209 reports. https://t.co/vMd3auqnKh pic.twitter.com/kYfPx6WxvU — The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) October 19, 2017 A study published in PLOS ONE reports a decline of more than 75 percent in insect biomass over a 27-year period in western Germany. Researchers with the Entomological Society Krefeld used […]