In Managing Invasive Species, Entomologists Are “The Front Line of Defense”

Helen Spafford, Ph.D.

Today kicks off National Invasive Species Awareness Week, organized by the Reduce Risks from Invasive Species Coalition. A great number of invasive species of concern in the United States are insects, and in 2016 the Entomological Society of America developed and issued a formal position statement on invasive species, titled “The Not-So-Hidden Dangers of Invasive […]

Invasive Russian Wheat Aphid Can Hybridize Native Western Wheat Aphid

Russian wheat aphid

By Ed Ricciuti As scientists fight to keep a step ahead of an invasive aphid that can genetically reinvent itself to penetrate the defenses of wheat varieties designed to resist it, they are following advice from the ancient Chinese military theorist Sun Tzu: Know your enemy. Since the 1980s, the Russian wheat aphid (Diuraphis noxia) […]

Invasive Species: Entomology’s Role in a Multisector Mission

invasive species - emerald ash borer and kudzu bug

The National Invasive Species Council’s Secretariat ended 2016 with a series of accomplishments that will place the federal government’s future work to address invasive species on solid footing. In nearly back-to-back-to-back events, the NISC Secretariat hosted its first annual Innovation Summit, convened the winter meeting of the non-federal Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC), and supported […]

You’ve Got Ants: New 10-Minute Test Kit Detects Red Imported Fire Ants

red imported fire ant

The red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) is an invasive species from South America that is damaging to agriculture and wildlife and known for its painful, venomous sting. That venom, however, is now a promising tool for entomological researchers in fighting back against S. invicta and limiting its spread. Throughout the southeastern United States, shipments […]

A New Psyllid Pest on Ornamental Trees in California

By Surendra K. Dara If California and Florida compete (or collaborate, to be politically correct) for anything of agricultural importance other than strawberries and oranges, it would be the influx of invasive pests. Being major ports of entries for international trade and travel on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, and having ideal environmental conditions — […]