News Archive

These are news items from 2011 and earlier.

  • How Native Insects Could Reduce Pesticide Use in Northwest Vineyards Nov. 25, 2011 | Northwest Public Radio PROSSER, Wash. – For every crop, there are good-guy bugs and bad-guy bugs. Take Washington’s prized crop of wine grapes. Now, consider the anagrus wasp and the leafhopper. Going by their names, the wasp sounds like the scarier insect, right? But the grape leafhopper can actually do a…
  • Unique New Book December 1, 2011  Nella Letizia l WSU News WSU Entomologist David James, Coauthors New Book on Life Histories of Pacific Northwest Butterflies PROSSER, Wash.—The California Sister has “fangs” as a caterpillar that it bares when disturbed. In its juvenile form, it also builds piers from its own dung on the leaves it feeds on to…
  • Sustainable Farming, Insect Biodiversity and Climate Change Friday, Nov. 18, 2011 By Nella Letizia, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences PULLMAN, Wash. – Researchers at Washington State University are conducting a study with potato farmers to determine if promoting biodiversity in insect communities helps insects, especially beneficial ones, withstand the effects of a warming climate. "There really isn’t much research…
  • The Model Makers CAHNRS Connections 2011, by Brian Clark Vince Jones is striving to push forward the frontiers of our understanding of the complex ecology at play among insects in fruit tree orchards. Part engineering, part biochemistry, and part psychology, the technolo- gies Jones and his colleagues have developed measure and channel bug behavior. Using lures and attractants,…
  • Crop Damage Prevention New tree fruit pest meets its match CAHNRS, Monday, Aug. 8, 2011 WENATCHEE, Wash. - In the course of a single year, a tiny insect has been damaging tree fruit around the globe. Spotted wing drosophila, or SWD, a type of vinegar or fruit fly, has been known in Japan, its home turf, for decades.…
  • Research Sheds New Light on Bee Health CAHNRS Connections Magazine 2011, by Kacie McPartland, MNEC intern New research conducted at WSU is the first to demonstrate the sub-lethal effects of pesticide residue exposure on an insect largely responsible for a third of the human diet. Judy Wu, a former entomology graduate student at WSU and current Ph.D. student at the University of…
  • Business is Blooming June 2011 Washington State Magazine, by Hannelore Sudermann | © Washington State University On a sunny weekend in early spring, 40 farmers and would-be cut flower growers fill the second floor of the barn at Jello Mold Farm in the Skagit Valley. Bundled in their coats against the cool morning, they eagerly listen to more…