Based on recent findings from the state mosquito surveillance program run by Assistant Professor Ryan Smith and in close collaboration with the Iowa Department of Public Health, there have been high levels of WNV activity in mosquito populations in Central Iowa. To date there have been 30 human cases of WNV in Iowa (including 3 deaths) and are currently on pace to have the highest number of cases of WNV in the state since 2003.
As humanity experiences relentless pressures from disease-carrying mosquitoes in many parts of the world, there is an urgent need for new tools to use against those beasts – because they keep getting scarier.
Even though DEET remains the most commonly used, and most powerful, mosquito repellent ever developed, scientists are actively pursuing effective products based entirely on plant oils, some tracing their roots to traditional remedies.
Congratulations to Dr. Erin Hodgson, member of the Soybean Aphid Resistance Management Team that was recently awarded the 2018 Entomological Society of America Plant-Insect Ecosystems Integrated Pest Management Team Award.
BOSTON, Aug. 20, 2018 — Nearly 700 million people suffer from mosquito-borne diseases — such as malaria, West Nile, Zika and dengue fever — each year, resulting in more than 1 million deaths. Increasingly, many species of mosquitoes have become resistant to the popular pyrethroid-based insecticides. Today, researchers report a new class of mosquito repellents based on naturally occurring compounds that are effective in repelling mosquitoes with potentially fewer environmental side effects than existing repellents.
Ginny Mitchell has been selected as the 2018 Recipient of the Friend of Science (FOS) Award presented by the Iowa Science Teachers Section (ISTS) of the Iowa Academy of Science (IAS). The Friend of Science Award recognizes those within the state who has made significant contributions to ISTS and/or to Science Education at the local, regional or statewide level. She will be recognized on Monday, October 8th at their 2018 Fall Conference.
The ISU/UCR Study Abroad Exchange is a reciprocal travel exchange program for student groups in horticulture and allied sciences between Iowa State University (ISU) and the University of Costa Rica (UCR).
Honey bee colonies for operations with 5 or more colonies in Iowa as of April 1, 2018, totaled 45,000 colonies. This is 275 percent above the 12,000 colonies on April 1 last year, and 10 percent above the 41,000 colonies last quarter.
A new soybean pest, the soybean gall midge, has been detected and confirmed in 8 Iowa counties. It has also been detected in the region; Nebraska (2011) and South Dakota (2015).
The link includes photos of the midge and damage and a map of infested counties. If you see these midges infesting a soybean field in Iowa, please let Dr. Erin Hodgson know via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Twitter (@erinwhodgson)
Scott Hutchins, Entomologist (ISU Alumnus) selected by Donald Trump as new head of scientific research for the US Department of Agriculture.
Brown recluse spiders have been found in Iowa but they remain rare. And since they are reclusive (hence the name!) bites by BRS (and all spiders!) are not common. But BRS is a frequent misdiagnosis for other skin irritations. And to be clear, they are not the cause of human limb amputations. https://www.livescience.com/63124-recluse-bite-amputation.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social
This is not about insects, but since earthworms "crawl" that's close enough to entomology for most people. Asian jumping worms were recently confirmed in Iowa for the first time.
The ISU Plant & Insect Diagnostic Clinic's move to its new location in the Advanced Teaching and Research Building was featured in the latest issue of Inside Iowa State.
ISU Department of Entomology graduate, Dr. Scott Hutchins has been selected by President Trump to serve as the U.S. Undersecretary of Research, Education, and Economics (REE) for the USDA.
Tom Sappington, USDA-ARS and ISU Entomology Department Affiliate was highlighted in Entomology Today for the publication of a collection of reports that describe insect pests of corn, cotton, soybean and wheat in Journal of Integrated Pest Management. These articles describe the frequency of key insect pest infestations and factors that contribute to increasing or decreasing their populations.
Dr. Ryan Smith oversees a program that makes use of traps across the state to monitor the dynamics of the state’s mosquito populations. Read more in the ISU News Service release from June 26, 2018.
A proposal submitted by Megan Rogers and Dr. Ryan Smith was selected for funding for Fall, 2018 College of Liberal Arts Dean's High Impact Award for Undergraduate Research.
R. Isaí Madriz received his Ph.D. from ISU with Dr. Greg Courtney. He received a Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship and has produced the following insect board game for educators.
Isaí Madriz, ISU Entomology Ph.D. alumni, had his latest story published on the National Geographic Voices page. This story is part of a nine month project with Fulbright and National Geographic exploring the surrounding areas of Chile's Northern Patagonia Ice Field.
The story is about the rare primitive crane fly.
The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium was one of four groups that was presented the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Leader Awards at the Iowa Agriculture Leaders Dinner on March 6.
Iowa State had a very strong presence at this year’s North Central Branch-Entomological Society of America meeting. A group of 15 entomology students attended the 2018 NCB-ENT meeting in Wisconsin this past week.
Congratulations to our fall 2017 Entomology scholarship recipients: Edmund Norris, Rebekah Reynolds, Ashley St. Claire, and Niranjana Krishnan
The 2018 Department of Entomology Newsletter (pdf) is now available, featuring Wendy Wintersteen named 16 Iowa State University president, BugGuide upgrade from crowdfunding, Jurenka and O'Neal pollinator patent, Midwestern Center for Disease Vectors, Faculty of Distinction...
Iowa is leading the five-state implementation of the National 4-H Ag Innovators Experience featuring “Monarchs On the Move!” Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Illinois are aiming to reach 5,000 youth from urban, suburban and rural backgrounds: getting them interested in agriculture innovation and careers, and giving them the opportunity to develop workforce skills to feed the planet.
Congratulations to Erin Hodgson, who was selected as the 2018 winner of the Entomological Society of America North Central Branch Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension. The award recognizes demonstrated excellent performance through program creativity, impact, achievement...
Isai received his Ph.D. from ISU with a major in Entomology. Greg Courtney was his major professor. His latest story is published on the National Geographic Voices page. This story is part of a nine month project with Fulbright and National Geographic exploring Chile's Northern Patagonia Ice Field.
This story is about a remote, pristine area called Ofqui isthmus.