Bryony Bonning moved to University of Florida to join the Department of Entomology and Nematology as an Eminent Scholar and Professor on February 1, 2017. She retains an Affiliate Professor appointment at Iowa State University and continues to run the NSF I/UCRC CAMTech through Iowa State University.
Six members of the Bonning lab along with members of CIRAS were delighted to have the opportunity to tour the new Valent BioSciences Corporation facility in Osage, Iowa. The plant produces and conducts quality analysis for multiple biorational Bt-, plant growth regulator- and fungal- based pest and crop management products.
Dr. Bryony Bonning presented the 2016 Hopkins Colloquium Seminar at the Department of Entomology, Kansas State University. The seminar was entitled "Pea Aphids and Plant Viruses: Molecular Interactions and Innovation". Bonning, as Distinguished Colloquium Speaker, was presented with a plaque following the presentation, by Dr. John Ruberson, Chair of the Department of Entomology at KSU.
The Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences announced awards for outstanding faculty and staff with Bryony Bonning as recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Achievement in Research Award.
Mariah Kemmerer was awarded the ISU Department of Entomology 2015 Henry and Sylvia Richardson Research Incentive Grant.
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.
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.
Congratulations to Ben Deist who graduated with a Masters degree in Microbiology in May.
Congratulations to Michael Rausch who graduated with a Masters degree in Microbiology in December.
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.
July 2014: Purushottam Lomate joined the lab to work on stink bug physiology.
September 2014: Biviana Flores-Escobar joined the lab in September to work on modification of Bt toxins to target pests with low toxin susceptibility.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.