Raising Queens

Spring 2012 by Hannelore Sudermann | Washington State Magazine Few things are as mysterious and amazing as the life of the queen bee, says bee breeder Sue Cobey. Just a few days after she hatches from her cell, the queen’s fertility is optimal and she has just a brief time to mate for the rest… » More ...

Flight of the Alkali Bee

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May 3, 2012, Nella Letizia, CAHNRS - Marketing, News, and Educational Communications New Study to Follow Insect’s Population, Flight Path over U.S. Highway 12 PROSSER, Wash.—Can a bee learn to fly over, instead of across, a busy highway? WSU entomologist Douglas Walsh is working with the Washington State Department of Transportation to find out. Walsh… » More ...

Endangered species

Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2012 WSU News Commonly used herbicides seen as threat to butterflies PUYALLUP, Wash. - A Washington State University toxicologist has found that three commonly used herbicides can dramatically reduce butterfly populations. The research was aimed at possible effects on the Lange’s metalmark, an endangered species in northern California. But it has implications… » More ...

Orchard Menace

February 15, 2012, On Solid Ground WSU Scientists Use Flower Power to Combat Orchard Menace Apple orchards are intricate webs involving a delicate balance between trees, soils, water, insects, and more. To manage the pests that can potentially damage a crop of apples, growers often apply pesticides. There are several problems associated with pesticide use, though,… » More ...

Addressing Honey Bee Demise

Feb. 8, 2012, WSU News Advisor Helps Alternative Bee Business Take Flight EVERETT, Wash. - Anyone who has been paying attention knows the honey bee population is in decline, and the loss of the bees’ pollination role could spell disaster for the food supply. While scientists search for the cause of the colony collapse disorder… » More ...

New Buzz on Colony Collapse

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, by Linda Weiford, WSU News Scientists investigate beekeeper's discovery PULLMAN, Wash. - For longtime commercial beekeeper Eric Olson of Yakima, no sting is as painful as the one he felt last winter when he discovered his hives had gone silent. Peering into each box, he saw the queen and a mere… » More ...

Industrial Chemicals Benefiting Public Health, Food Supply

January 18, 2012, OnPoint Do the benefits of pesticide use outweigh the health risks? During today's OnPoint, Allan Felsot, a professor of environmental toxicology at Washington State University, explains why he believes that despite the controversy surrounding pesticides, they play a crucial role in protecting food supply and public health. He also weighs in on… » More ...

Living the Right-Sized Life

January 2012, Washington State Magazine, by Eric Sorensen | © Washington State University I want to walk on water, climb walls, and dance on the ceiling. If insects can do it, it’s only fair that I should, too. But this thing called physics has decreed otherwise. Carol Anelli, a WSU entomologist, can tell you why,… » More ...