Research targets insect pests of pulse crops

Around the world, pulse crops–such as beans, peas, chickpeas, and lentils–are an important staple in the modern food supply, and their cultivation is growing in the United States and many other Western countries. As in any agricultural system, though, pulse crops can fall victim to a wide range of insect pests.

Pulse crop growers facing pest management challenges will soon have a new set of resources to tap into with the July issue of the Annals of the Entomological Society of America. The issue features a special collection with nine articles on pulse crop insect pests and management strategies. Continue reading

Some brief points from the Integrated Tick Management Symposium

Richard Levine summarized some of the major topics discussed during the Integrated Tick Management Symposium held earlier this month in Washington, DC. The symposium was sponsored by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Entomological Society of America, the IPM Institute of North America and the North Central IPM Center. You can get his report here. Below are some very brief bullet points summarizing the major topics. Continue reading

Entomology Today, Oxford University Press provide resources on Zika and its vector

News of the Zika virus—even though infected mosquitoes have not yet been found in the U.S.—has put the spotlight on the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The Entomological Society of America’s blog, Entomology Today, highlights a research team in Argentina that has found a possible control method for the mosquito, and Oxford University Press has a web page that incorporates research articles on Aedes aegypti and Zika virus, blog posts about the mosquito or the virus and podcasts about Zika. Continue reading

UGA’s David Riley earns Recognition Award in Entomology

By Clint Thompson, University of Georgia

David Riley’s work on the effects of cowpea curculio and other insects on vegetables has earned him the 2016 Recognition Award in Entomology from the Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America (SEB-ESA).

Riley, an entomologist based on the University of Georgia Tifton Campus, will be recognized at the society’s annual meeting March 15-16 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Continue reading

Zika Virus: What You Need to Know About its Vector – The Aedes aegypti Mosquito

This document was posted by the Entomological Society of America.

The Zika virus, originally from Africa, first appeared in the Western hemisphere on Chile’s Easter Island in 2014 and was initially found on the mainland in Brazil in April 2015. Since then, it has spread very rapidly throughout Latin America and is now found as far north as northeastern Mexico. Though infection of healthy adults does not produce symptoms as severe as other mosquito-borne diseases like dengue or chikungunya, it appears to be linked to microcephaly in babies born to mothers infected in the first trimester of pregnancy. To date, the incidence of microcephaly, a condition in which children are born with an abnormally small head and potential issues in brain development, in Brazil has increased significantly since the Zika virus began to circulate there. Continue reading

Summit of the Americas on the Aedes aegypti Crisis

This one-day summit will be the first of many large-scale international meetings of the Grand Challenges initiative. It will be held during the Joint Meeting of the Brazilian Congress of Entomology and the Latin American Congress of Entomology.

As two of the largest insect-science societies in the world, the Entomological Society of America (ESA) and the Sociedade Entomológica do Brasil (SEB) are convening leading scientific, business, and NGO experts and leaders to map out a plan for successfully managing the Aedes aegypti mosquito, an insect that is a vector of Zika virus, yellow fever, dengue, and chikungunya and that is causing serious public health crises across the hemisphere. Continue reading

One week left to submit to International Congress of Entomology

Since ESA’s 2016 Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with ICE 2016, all symposia will be held under one roof – and all symposia will come through one submission process. And the deadline to submit is March 2.

So don’t delay. Take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to organize a symposium around your research and share it with a diverse, global audience of your esteemed peers. Amplify your research, build your worldwide network, and contribute to the science.

There are 30 identified scientific sections for you to choose from, with co-conveners ready and willing to assist you with your topic and title. Symposia will be 3-4 hours in length and will feature 15-minute presentations.

Invasive species reduce native species populations, but sometimes not by themselves

The effect of invasive species on native species is so commonly researched primarily because it doesn’t have a simple answer. Early explanations of the interaction between invasive and native species consisted of the theory of displacement; invasive species moved in, multiplied at a much faster rate than native species because they have no competition, consuming sunlight and other resources needed for growth of the native species, or predating on them.

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Three Friends of Southern IPM Winners Honored at ESA Southeastern Branch Meeting

Three IPM leaders were honored with Friends of Southern IPM awards on March 5 at the Entomological Society of America’s Southeastern Branch meeting for their outstanding contributions to the field of integrated pest management. Dr. Henry Fadamiro, associate director of the Southern IPM Center, presented awards to Dr. Jack Bacheler and the Southeastern Entomologists Working Group, the Alabama IPM Communicator and Dr. Tim Reed of Auburn University.

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Crazy ants, tick-borne disease on SEB/SWB meeting agenda

Caribbean crazy ants, tick-borne diseases and organic farming are on the agenda for the 2012 Joint Meeting of the Southeastern and Southwestern branches of the Entomological Society of America on March 4 through 7 in Little Rock, Ark.

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