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Mosquito and Tick Precautions

June 26, 2017

Dr. Ryan Smith, entomology, is encouraging Iowans to take precautions this summer when spending time outdoors in areas commonly populated by mosquitoes and ticks, which can transmit West Nile virus and other diseases that can have serious or potentially fatal outcomes. More

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in 5 More Iowa Counties

June 15, 2017

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.

Students Participate in ESA-NCB

June 9, 2017

Ge Zhang and Teresa Blader 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.

Ken Holscher’s students set a new record

May 15, 2017

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. 

Gassmann Receives Award

April 25, 2017

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.

40th Anniversary

March 21, 2017

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.

Donald Lewis (left) and Jerry DeWitt in summer of 1977.

Wintersteen Receives National Distinguished Service to Ag Award

November 15, 2016

Wendy WintersteenDean 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

EGSO Insect Film Festival

November 10, 2016

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!

Emerald Ash Borer now present in 34 Iowa counties

July 1, 2016

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.

ISU researchers looking to step up mosquito surveillance

June 7, 2016

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

Ke Dong gives 2016 Paul Dahm Memorial Lecture

April 12, 2016

Joel Coats (left) and 2016 Paul Dahm memorial lecturer Ke Dong (right).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?

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