Short Course in Insect Chemical Ecology

Penn State University, USA, May 31 – June 14, 2017

Chemical communication among insects, plants, animals, and pathogens interactions of evolutionary importance at the molecular, biochemical, neurophysiological, behavioral, and ecological levels with special emphasis on plant-insect and microbe-insect interactions, olfaction, insects and disease, pollination, pheromones and their applied uses, and techniques in chemical ecology research.

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Assistant Researcher, Pollinator Biology

Position number 0083260 11-month tenure-track

Begin July 2017 or soon thereafter http://workatuh.hawaii.edu/Jobs/NAdvert/24393/4203342/2/postdate/desc Continue reading

Cornell University scientists sequence genome for whitefly

In Delta Farm Press

A tiny insect that feeds on some 1,000 plant species and transmits more than 300 plant viruses, causing billions of dollars in crop losses each year worldwide, is now about to be subjected to new depths of research that could lead to more effective control.

An international team of researchers at the Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University has sequenced the genome of the whitefly, termed “a formidable threat to food security.” Continue reading

All Bugs Good and Bad webinar series begins Friday

The 2017 webinar series All Bugs Good and Bad starts this Friday. Please join us for this webinar series for information you can use about good and bad insects.  We used your feedback to bring topics that you suggested.   We will discuss troublesome insects such as invasive ants, landscape pests, vegetable pests, and house dwellers as well as arachnids too.  Not all insects are bad, though, come and meet some of our native pollinators!   Continue reading

Sugarcane aphid research outlines economical control methods

by Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife

Sorghum producers can reduce input costs and improve their bottom line in the battle against sugarcane aphids in the Texas High Plains through the use of selected varieties and early planting and scouting, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study.

Dr. Ada (ah da) Szczepaniec (Stra PA netz), AgriLife Research entomologist in Amarillo, has wrapped up her first year of assessing the impact of planting dates, insecticide seed treatments and resistant varieties of sorghum on the timing and severity of sugarcane aphid infestations in a study near Bushland. Continue reading

Career Opportunities: Scientist II, Bayer

Supporting the Professional Pest Management & Vector Control businesses in North America, the primary responsibilities of this role, Scientist ll, are to:

  • Provide technical leadership in developing new products and label expansions, new formulations and alternative control methods. Participate in project teams, utilizing process optimization, project management and technology tools to ensure strategies are technically sound;
  • Develop research programs, write trial protocols, and administer grant-in-aid funding, so as to quickly identify the value of innovative concepts, and efficiently advance new ideas through development process. Prepare summaries for each trial season, and prepare bioefficacy dossiers for regulatory submissions;
  • Work independently to analyze and interpret trial data from all sources, provide technical summaries to enhance sales effectiveness and make biological recommendations serving as a basis for investment decisions in new development opportunities;
  • Identify and reduce to practice innovative concepts, through interaction with field development, technical directors, university researchers, etc;
  • Preparation of trial programs &/or project workloads for up to 10 FTEs in field development, development station biologists, and in formulation development.

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Cowpea curculio a major pest this year of cowpeas

In Southeast Farm Press

by Merritt Melancon, Southeast Farm Press

The lucky legume has been part of a boom-and-bust cycle for the past three decades thanks to a pod-feeding weevil that has, so far, evaded farmers’ best pest control practices.

This year is going to be a bust due to high pest pressure, said David Riley, a professor of entomology at the University of Georgia who works with vegetable pests. Continue reading