While members of Pennsylvania's Plain Communities eschew many modern technologies, they are eager to learn how to adapt today's entomological know-how to their own agricultural practices—and extension agents at Penn State University are happy to help.
What started with one entomologist's Twitter hashtag turned into a segment on the Netflix show Bill Nye Saves the World, and two entomology graduate students appeared on the show to share their work with the world.
When a foreign parasitoid wasp was introduced to North America to control invasive pea aphids, it outcompeted most native wasps, except for one: Praon pequodorum. Its secret weapon: a resistance to pea aphids' natural defenses.
A recent study at North Carolina State University shows that DNA analysis of spotted-wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii) flies can detect whether they fed on strawberries as much as seven days prior. Researchers hope the proof of concept will lead to more accurate analysis of the invasive pest's dispersal in the field.