Study Finds Many Bt Corn Growers Aren’t Planting Refuge Crops

european corn borer

By Josh Lancette A new study from North Carolina found that corn growers in the state are not planting as much refuge crop as needed, potentially leading to increased insect resistance to Bt corn. Published in March in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management, the study also found that current methods for extension professionals to […]

Study Finds Bees Can Have Their Wildflowers and Almonds, Too

wildflowers by almond orchard

By Josh Lancette New research published this week in the journal Environmental Entomology shows that planting wildflowers next to almond orchards does not cause fewer honey bees to visit the orchard. This finding is important because it shows wildflower plantings can help keep bee populations healthy while also not harming almond crops. “Establishing flowering field-edge […]

Study Finds Sweeteners Lead Fire Ants to a Bitter End

red imported fire ant headshot

By Josh Lancette Researchers from China have discovered that some sweeteners can be lethal to the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta), a devastating pest found South America, the United States, Australia, Asia, and on many Caribbean islands. In a test, ants that were fed erythritol, aspartame, and saccharin had a mortality rate higher than […]

Why Are There So Many Mosquito-Borne Virus Outbreaks in the Americas?

Aedes albopictus

By Josh Lancette In the past few decades, outbreaks of multiple mosquito-borne viruses have been popping up throughout North and South America. Some of these viruses are well known to the public, such as Zika, chikungunya, and West Nile, while others such as Eastern equine encephalitis and Mayaro haven’t quite broached mainstream news cycles. Furthermore, […]

Why Scientific Nomenclature is So Important: Q&A With ICZN Commissioner Frank Krell

Frank Krell, Ph.D.

By Josh Lancette In 2015, the Entomological Society of America journals became compliant with the requirements of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (“the Code”), which is produced by the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN). Being compliant means that the journals and articles follow rules that allow new nomenclatural acts to be considered scientifically […]