Sheng Yang received his doctoral degree in May 2015 from Durham University, England, where he worked on insecticidal fusion proteins under the guidance of Dr. John A. Gatehouse. Sheng received his MS degree in Molecular Plant Biology from Shanghai Normal University, China. Sheng is working on modification of Bt toxins for optimized pest control. Read more about Sheng Yang joins the lab from Durham University
Shunji Li arrived from China to join the lab as a graduate student in Entomology. Shunji completed her MS degree at Hunan Agricultural University on the effect of Heliothis virescens ascovirus 3h on host development. Shunji is working on insect-virus interactions. Read more about Shunji Li joins the lab
December 2015: Bryony Bonning delivered the 13th Annual Patton Lecture at the Department of Entomology, Cornell University, entitled Plant Virus-Aphid Vector Molecular Interactions and Associated Technologies. Dr Robert L. Patton (1914-2008), a member of faculty at Cornell from 1939-1978 was a pioneer in insect electrophysiology. Read more about Bonning delivers Patton Lecture at Cornell University
September 2014: Biviana Flores-Escobar joined the lab in September to work on modification of Bt toxins to target pests with low toxin susceptibility. Read more about Biviana Flores-Escobar joins the lab
Mariah Kemmerer joined the lab to conduct research toward a doctoral degree in Microbiology. During her B.S. degree at Bethany College in West Virginia, she conducted research on whether Pseudomonas aeruginosa could be used to determine the metastatic potential of tumor cells. Read more about Mariah Kemmerer joins the lab
May 2014: Diveena Vijayendran was awarded an Iowa State University Research Excellence Award for her dissertation research. These awards recognize the top 10% of graduate student researchers within the university. Read more about Diveena Vijayendran awarded ISU Research Excellence Award
March 2014: Mike Rausch received the 1st place award in the oral presentation MS student competition at the North Central Branch meeting of the Entomological Society of America, held in Des Moines, IA. The title of his talk was Bt toxin engineering to promote protoxin activation in the aphid gut. Read more about Mike Rausch receives first place award at NCB ESA
The manuscript describing use of a plant virus coat protein for delivery of a neurotoxin to its target site within the hemocoel was discussed by TWiV, in episode 272: Give Peas a Chance. Discussion of the paper starts at about 18 min into the recording. Read more about Research featured on "This Week in Virology"
February 2014. Amy Toth discusses the plight of the honey bee and outlines collaborative research with Bryony Bonning and W. Allen Miller on the combined impact of nutritional stress and virus infection on honey bee health.
February 2014. Yuting Chen joins the lab to work as a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on insect virus discovery. Yuting graduated in December 2013 with a Ph.D. from Ohio State University, where she was supervised by Dr. Andy Michel. Her dissertation research was on the molecular interactions and transmission of maize fine streak virus and its insect vector. Read more about Yuting Chen joins the lab from Ohio State
Jan. 2014. Nana Chougule left the lab for a research position at Bayer CropScience after 4 years as a Postdoctoral Research Associate and Assistant Scientist in the Bonning lab. Read more about Nanasaheb Cougule leaves for a position at Bayer CropScience
Inspired by viruses, researchers at Iowa State find new means of protecting plants from aphids
Posted Dec 9, 2013 1:48 pm
AMES, Iowa – A pair of researchers at Iowa State University drew inspiration from viruses in designing a new way to allow plants to protect themselves from aphids, pests that can drastically reduce crop yields. Read more about Bonning and Miller publish new aphid resistance technology
December 2013. Graduate student Diveena Vijayendran was awarded the Entomology Alumni Scholarship by the Department of Entomology, Iowa State University. This scholarship is awarded based on promise for a successful career.
Photo: Sue Blodgett, Chair of the Department of Entomology, presents Diveena with the award. Read more about Diveena Vijayendran receives Entomology Alumni Scholarship
November 2013. Divya Sinha joins the lab as a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on aphid - plant virus molecular interactions. Divya graduated with a Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the lab of Dr. Michael Shogren-Knaak, in the Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Iowa State University in May 2013. Read more about Divya Sinha joins the lab
October 2013. Nana Chougule received a grant as Principal Investigator for $500,000 for "Bt toxins for resistance to the Asian citrus psyllid: from the Citrus Research & Development Foundation. Bryony Bonning, David Hall, USDA, ARS, Florida and Phyllis Martin USDA, ARAS Maryland are co-PIs on the grant. Read more about Chougule receives funding from CRDF
October 2013. Maria Teresa Fernandez-Luna joins the lab as a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on modification of Bt toxins to target hemipteran pests. Teresa previously worked with Dr. Brian Federici at UC Riverside on the mode of action of Bt toxins in the mosquito. Read more about Teresa Fernandez-Luna joins the lab
Sept. 11, 2013.
NAN-YAO SU AWARD FOR INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY IN ENTOMOLOGY—Each year this award is given to an Entomological Society of America member who is able to demonstrate through his/her projects or accomplishments an ability to identify problems and develop creative, alternative solutions that significantly impact entomology. For more information, see the ESA web site.
Sijun Liu, Nana Chougule, Diveena Vijayendran and Bryony Bonning at the 2013 SIP meeting. Read more about Diveena Vijayendran receives 1st place in SIP student competition
August 2013. Having graduated with a PhD in Microbiology in May 2013, Luke Linz left to take a research position at Douglas Scientific in Alexandria, MN. Luke worked in the Bonning lab for 4 years and received an Iowa State University Research Excellence Award. Read more about Luke Linz graduates and takes a job at Douglas Scientific
August 2013. The National Science Foundation has funded an industry-university cooperative research center that will explore new strategies for managing insect pests that devastate crops and harm human health. Read more about NSF I/UCRC CAMTech - Launch Announced
Annapolis, MD; July 31, 2013 -- The Governing Board of the Entomological Society of America elected ten new Fellows of the Society for 2013. The election as a Fellow acknowledges outstanding contributions to entomology in one or more of the following: research, teaching, extension, or administration. See the ESA web site for full details. Read more about Bonning named ESA Fellow
L to R: Sijun Liu, Nana Chougule, Diveena Vijayendran, Ben Deist, Jeremy Kroemer, Luke Linz, Mike Rausch and Bryony Bonning Read more about Jeremy Kroemer leaves for Monsanto Company
April 2013. Graduate student Diveena Vijayendran graduates from the Preparing Future Faculty program at Iowa State University. This national program prepares students for faculty careers through a combination of seminars, mentoring, and practical classroom and departmental service experiences.
Read more about Diveena Vijayendran graduates from the PFF program
February 2013 - Monsanto announced the awardees for the first round of research grants in their Corn Rootworm Knowledge Research Program. Read more about Bonning receives funding from the Monsanto Corn Rootworm Knowledge Research Program
October 2012. Bryony Bonning and S. Reddy Palli met with Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, the director of the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture in Washington DC to discuss the proposed NSF Industry / University Cooperative Research Center, the Center for Arthropod Management Technologies. As a fellow entomologist, Dr. Ramaswamy was particularly interested in the proposed center as a mechanism to streamline research within academia with the needs of the agricultural industry sector. Read more about Bonning, Palli visit USDA
June 20, 2012 - Iowa State University is taking a team approach in studying what is behind the disappearance of honeybees known as "Colony Collapse Disorder." Read more about Researchers take novel approach to honey bee plight
May 2012. The Virus-Insect Interactions Initiative lead by Bonning featured in Inside Iowa State.
The Virus Insect Interactions group is developing solutions to reduce the impact of insects and viruses on food security for sustainable production of vegetables, fruits and farmed shrimp. More... Read more about Reducing the Impact of Insects and Viruses on Food Security
April, 2011. Five faculty members working within the Plant Sciences Institute at Iowa State University and whose work was featured on journal covers. Bonning is holding the journal of Virology in which Wendy Sparks' dissertation research on baculovirus ODV proteins is featured. Read more about Plant Science Faculty with covers highlighted
AMES, Iowa - Two Iowa State University researchers are examining a new method of controlling soybean aphids without the use of chemical pesticides.
Bryony Bonning, professor of entomology, and Allen Miller, professor of plant pathology and director of the Center for Plant Responses to Environmental Stresses, are looking at a way to genetically modify soybeans to prevent damage from aphids. Read more about ISU researchers study insecticide-free method for control of soybean aphids