Since the first Iowa detection in 2010, emerald ash borer (EAB) continues to expand its range across the Iowa landscape. With confirmed detections now in 50 counties, EAB has now reached more than half of Iowa counties. “This is traditionally the time of year we experience an increase in calls from Iowan suspecting EAB infested trees,” said Mike Kintner, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship EAB and gypsy moth coordinator.
Ge Zhang and Teresa Blader each placed third in their respective highly-competitive student competitions at the Entomological Society of America - North Central Branch meeting held in Indianapolis, IN, June 4-6, 2017. Ge presented his Ph.D.
Dr. Ken Holscher had a total of 112 students enrolled in ENT 283 in spring semester 2017. Usually about half of the students opt to take the IDALS State Pesticide Certification Exam; its voluntary. This semester 83 students took the exam. About 2/3 of the students took the exams required to be a Commercial Applicator (Core Manual Exam and at least one Category Exam). The remaining 1/3 took the exams required to be a Private Applicator (either the Core Manual Exam or the Private Applicator Exam). There were also a few that did both.
Dr. Aaron Gassmann received the 2017 University Mission Award in Research from the Iowa State University chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta. Gamma Sigma Delta is the Honor Society of Agriculture.
Congratulations to Rebekah Reynolds, Entomology Graduate Assistant, on recently being awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
To read more about the award, visit the NSF Website.
Happy 40th Anniversary to Dr. Donald Lewis, Extension Entomologist, who started at ISU on March 21, 1977. Photo is from the summer of 1977; Dr. Jerry DeWitt (right) and Lewis.
Bob was the Entomology Department's Systematist and Taxonomist from 1967 until his retirement in 1996. He passed away on Jan. 18, 2017, at Green Hills Heath Care Center in Ames. Burial of the cremains will take place in the ISU cemetery. Obituary: http://www.amestrib.com/obituaries/20170203/robert-e-lewis-dec-1-1929-82...
AMES, Iowa – Systematic mosquito surveillance conducted by Iowa State University entomologists last year found no evidence that the two species most associated with Zika virus have established themselves in the state.
Dean Wendy Wintersteen is the 2016 recipient of the Carl F. Hertz Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. Wintersteen was honored for her "tireless efforts and commitment to agriculture and her leadership and contributions to Iowa, national and international agriculture." Read more
This year's Entomology Graduate Student Organization (EGSO) Insect Film Festival will be Thursday, November 10th from 6:00pm - 9:00pm at Reiman Gardens. There will be crafts, snacks, tours of the butterfly wing, an Insect Zoo display, and a showing of the movie Epic.
This is a free event! Please bring friends and family members!
New County Record. The emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis, has been confirmed in Iowa County. This finding brings the total to 35 counties in Iowa where EAB is confirmed. Read more in the ISU Extension & Outreach news release from September 19, 2016. http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/emerald-ash-borer-confirmed-iowa-county-iowa
Dr. William Showers received the Plant-Insect Ecosystems Lifetime Achievement Award from the Entomological Society of America. Only five of these have been awarded and two were made to faculty from Iowa State (the other was Larry Pedigo).
The Iowa Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) team today announced that EAB has been found in 2 additional counties, bringing the total count to 34 counties with confirmed infestations of this exotic pest that kills ash trees. See the map below.
AMES, Iowa – Mosquitoes are taking flight across Iowa, and it’s likely only a matter of time before they appear in a backyard near you.
The impending mosquito season has already begun for medical entomologists at Iowa State University, who will continue longstanding efforts to monitor West Nile Virus and expand surveillance of mosquito species with the potential to carry Zika virus. - Read more
Joel Coats (left) and 2016 Paul Dahm memorial lecturer Ke Dong (right).
Ke Dong of Michigan State University delivered the 2016 Paul Dahm Memorial Lecture titled Can Mosquitoes and Flies Smell Pyrethroid Insecticides?
Richard L. Hellmich, assistant professor of entomology at Iowa State University and 1977 graduate of DePauw University, has been inducted into the Greensburg, Indiana Community High School Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony took place on December 18; he graduated from the high school in 1973.