Next-gen insect repellents to combat mosquito-borne diseases

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.

Madriz Publishes Project in National Geographic

Dr. R. Isaí Madriz R. Isaí Madriz, an ISU Entomology alumni, recently had one of his stories published as part of the National Geographic Voices project. This story is part of a nine month project with Fulbright and National Geographic exploring Chile's Northern Patagonia Ice Field. While studying at ISU, Isaí was a graduate research student in Dr. Greg Courtney's Research Lab and his responsibilities included work with the Iowa State Insect Collection.  

The Insect Zoo - 2015 Bug Village!

The Insect Zoo in Iowa State University's Department of Entomology is an outreach program developed to foster an appreciation of insects found in Iowa and throughout the world. Participants can view and interact with live insects and other arthropods. We emphasize the diversity, ecology and behavior of arthropods while the students are exposed to many basic concepts of biology. Participants will learn about interrelationships among diverse insect groups and their important role in life on Earth. 
Find out more about our programs on our website.

Ag Biodiversity Conference at Department of Entomology Spring 2015 Seminar Series

Dr. Greg Courtney, from Iowa State University's Department of ENtomology and Masako Morioka from Hokkadio University, Japan, presented at the Department of Entomology's 2015 Fall semester seminar series. This event was co-sponsored by Iowa State University's Presidential Distinguished Scholar Seminar Program.

Systematics of Moth Flies and Sand Flies (Diptera, Psychodidae): What We Didn't Know

Seminar will be given by Dr. Greg Curler, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi Entomological Museum.

Event will be held in E164 Lagomarcino Hall.

Will monarchs go extinct? – The view from down under...

Seminar will be given by Dr. Meron Zalucki, University of Queensland, School of Biological Sciences, Australia.

Event will be held in E164 Lagomarcino Hall and is co-sponsored with AGRON/EEB/EEOB/NREM.

Evolution of Resistance to Bt Corn by Western Corn Rootworm: A Tough Management Challenge

Seminar will be given by Dr. Ram Shrestha, Iowa State University, Department of Entomology.

Event will be held in E164 Lagomarcino Hall.

Discovery of Corn Rootworm Viruses

Seminar will be given by Dr. Sijun Liu from Iowa State University Department of Entomology.

Event will be held in E164 Lagomarcino Hall.

Field crop insect pest management resulting from the widespread use of Bt.

Seminar will be given by Dr. Dominic Reisig from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, Department of Entomology. It is a Harold Gunderson Memorial Lecture.

The formulation makes the poison.

Dr. Chris Mullin from Pennsylvania State University's Department of Entomology will be presenting this research as a part of the spring semester seminar series and the Dahm Memorial Lecture Series. The seminar will be located in E164 Lagomarcino Hall.