2013 News Archive

  • The Fly Man of Alcatraz How do a former US penitentiary, seabirds, and flies relate? Find out! Guest Speaker Rober Kimsey presented in the CUB Auditorium February 12th. Watch presentation here.
  • ARCS Funding Click to learn more! The Department of Entomology at Washington State University recently has been approved by the ARCS Foundation's National and Seattle Chapter boards for Annual Fellowship funding. These Fellowships are directed towards high caliber scientists and researchers entering into their PhD graduate program and are awarded for three years in addition to assistantship…
  • Friendship Between Researcher, Teenager Benefits Honey Bees http://news.wsu.edu/2013/11/20/friendship-between-researcher-teenager-benefits-honey-bees/#.Uo_U7OI_6pJ By: Kate Wilhite, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences PULLMAN, Wash. – At just 16 years old, Sheridan Miller is already a veteran fundraiser. The Mill Valley, Calif., teenager recently donated $1,400 she raised to help support Washington State University’s honey bee stock improvement program. Over the past six years, she has…
  • Scary Story: Maggots Help Us WSU entomologist Richard Zack displays a favorite maggot book that he assigns to his undergraduate students. (Photos by Shelly Hanks, WSU Photo Services)   PULLMAN, WASH. – Wriggling maggots feeding on corpses are our allies, not enemies. Should you think otherwise, don’t tell that to Richard Zack - not over his dead body. “Maggots do a…
  • Vincent Hebert: Use of Herbicides in Diverse Agricultural Areas RICHLAND, Wash. – Grape vineyards in regions of mixed field crops historically have been exposed to herbicides, presumably from a combination of local spray drift and regional off-target movement. A free, public presentation – “Ill Wind for Washington Grapes? Continuing Concern with the Use of Potent Broadleaf Herbicides in Diverse Agriculture,” by Vincent R. Hebert…
  • Natalie Boyle Selected to Receive Larry Larson Graduate Student Award for Leadership in Applied Entomology Natalie Boyle was selected to receive the Larry Larson Graduate Student Award for Leadership in Applied Entomology. As a Ph.D. Student interested in honey bee colony health, Natalie has studied the effects of sublethal pesticide residues on honey bee colonies. This Entomological Foundation fund recognizes Dr. Larry Larson's role as a leader and pioneer in insect…
  • Native Plants in the Vineyard: Enhancing Ecosystems Robin Dobson and Kathleen Perillo know they will have succeeded in designing a resilient farming system when the Western Meadowlark returns to nest under their grapevines. At Klickitat Canyon and Columbia Gorge Winery and Meadowlark Vineyard in the Columbia River Gorge near Lyle, Washington, restoring native habitat is front and center.On a warm, sunny Earth…
  • The Good Mite Fight June 19, 2013 | On Solid Ground, CAHNRS | by Bob Hoffman Dealing with mites in orchards is tricky business. Some of these tiny arthropods—barely, or not even visible to the human eye—suck juice from leaves, insidiously sapping plant vigor. Other species of mites are actually an orchardist’s friends, feeding on the pest mites and…
  • WSU scientist: Dreaded spider doesn’t live here June 18, 2013 | WSU News, by Linda Weiford We’ve all seen them — brown recluse spiders scuttling in the bathtub, scurrying in the tool shed or spinning a web under the porch light. That is, we think we’ve seen them. Contrary to what many people believe, the brown recluse, or Loxosceles reclusa, doesn’t live…
  • Saving Honey Bees June 11, 2013 | On Solid Ground, CAHNRS | by Bob Hoffman Honey bees face a lot of challenges, according to Steve Sheppard, professor of entomology at WSU. Invasive mites can sap a brood’s strength and vector viruses. Pesticides can build up in the brood comb and gradually weaken the bees. And while the agricultural…