USDA Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases Research Unit opening

The USDA Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases Research Unit is recruiting a Technician in Manhattan, Kansas to conduct research and work in the insectary.

Insect rearing/handling experience with mosquitoes and/or biting midges is important for this position.  The deadline for applications is Nov. 15. Please forward this email to other individuals or groups that may know candidates.

The technician has the option to work towards a PhD in insect vector-borne diseases of medical and veterinary importance. If you have questions or want to discuss the option, please feel contact me at

USDA scientist looks for natural enemies in Asia to control invasive plants

By Sharon Durham, Agricultural Research Service

This June, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) ecologist Melissa Smith traveled to Asia to collect insects that can control the spread of several invasive plant species in the United States that originated in Asia.

Predator and prey co-evolve in nature’s “arms race” for survival. When plants and animals are moved from their native habitats to new locales where they have no natural enemies, their populations can grow unchecked. Continue reading