Entomological Society provides information on the Asian tiger mosquito

This week is National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, and the Entomological Society of America is supporting the effort with a special collection of articles about the Asian tiger mosquito.

Like its close relative Aedes aegypti, the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) has been in the news recently due to its ability to transmit pathogens that cause diseases such as Zika, dengue, and chikungunya. Unlike Aedes aegypti, which is mainly found in areas where the weather is warm year-round, Aedes albopictus can tolerate colder weather, and in the United States it is found as far north as New York and New Jersey. As its name implies, this invasive insect came to North America from Asia in the 1980s and has since become a well-established pest in many areas.

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Special Collection on Tick Integrated Pest Management

In response to the growing problem of tick-borne diseases—such as Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and others—the Entomological Society of America and Oxford University Press have curated a collection of articles on tick integrated pest management and its components. These articles are freely available to assist researchers, medical professionals, policy makers, and others working on tick management.

Go to the list of articles at Oxford University Press.

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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Article highlights billbug management in orchardgrass

Two weevil species, the bluegrass billbug and the hunting billbug, have caused widespread economic damage to orchardgrass, a cool season grass that is cultivated throughout the United States as a high-value forage crop.

Read the story in Entomology Today.

Improved pesticide review process announced

From Southeast Farm Press

In the March 27 Federal Register, EPA announced the availability of a document entitled, “Enhancing Stakeholder Input in the Pesticide Registration Review and ESA Consultation Processes and Development of Economically and Technologically Feasible Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives.”

The paper was jointly prepared by EPA, USDA and the National Marine Fisheries Service and the US Fish & Wildlife Service (the Services).

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Discover Entomology highlights entomology for middle and high school students

Discover Entomology is a 12-page, color brochure that was written for students from grades 6-12. The brochure explains why studying insects is important for agriculture, medicine, forestry, veterinary medicine, human health, criminology, ecology, and other topics. It can be downloaded for free as a PDF, or can be purchased through the ESA Online Bookstore. The brochure is prefect for insect festivals, Bugapaloozas, and other events. Click here to download or order Discover Entomology.