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Fungus creates zombie beetles that crave flowers before death

Published: 
Jun 21, 2017
Cornell Entomologists uncover the previously secret death and life of Zombie Soldier Beetles 
 Don Steinkraus, Cornell Ph.D. 1987, observed the strange flower-biting behavior of soldier beetles  infected with Eryniopsis fungus. He teamed up with Ann Hajek and Jim Liebherr to tell the whole gruesome story of infection, death, and then life.
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The Tompkins County Public Library STEAM book club read Beetle Boy, by M.G. Leonard,& invited Dr. Todd Ugine of CU Entomology to read it

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Mar 24, 2017
The Tompkins County Public Library STEAM book club read Beetle Boy, by M.G. Leonard,& invited Dr. Todd Ugine of CU Entomology to read it

Max Helmberger's Claymation on Entomopathogenic Nematode Biology and Life and The Soil Food Web

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Mar 3, 2017
Max Helmberger's Claymation videos on Entomopathogenic Nematode Biology and Life and another called The Soil Food Web

Integrating Insect, Resistance, and Floral Resource

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Dec 14, 2016
Managing agricultural pests with an incomplete understanding of the impacts that tactics have on crops, pests, and other organisms poses risks for loss of short-term profits and longer-term negative impacts, such as evolved resistance and nontarget effects. Read more

CALS Research and Extension Awards

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Nov 8, 2016
Cheryl was honored on Nov 7th by CALS for her outstanding dedication and service to Entomology and the College. Congratulations!

IPM Award for Cornell researcher

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Aug 9, 2016
For 25 years and Cornell University professor of entomology John Sanderson has brought the latest and safest in integrated pest management to greenhouse growers all over New York. Now, for his boundless enthusiasm and contagious love of learning, Sanderson has received an Excellence in IPM award from the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYS IPM). Read more

Cornell Researchers Talk Precision Ag at Field Day

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Aug 3, 2016
A much newer technology used in precision agriculture applications is aerial drones. Lindsay Chamberlain, a student at Cornell who works in Ketterings’ program and with drone expert Elson Shields, talked about some of the work they are doing with drones. Read more

Buzzing about local honeybees

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Jul 16, 2016
“It is true that honeybees are facing more threats today than they did 50 years ago. In particular, new parasites have been introduced to western honeybees. Although each decade has its own stresses with beekeeping, these new threats make it particularly difficult to keep bees healthy today,” said Emma Mullen, Cornell University honey bee associate and member of department of entomology. Read more

Cornell entomologists take fight to invasive bugs crippling NY crops

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Jul 15, 2016
New York and other regions in the United States are seeing greater numbers of invasive insects that attack specialty crops due to increased levels of interstate and international trade. Entomologists at Cornell’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES) have taken the lead in addressing these destructive pests. Read more

Former student wins 1st place

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Jul 13, 2016
Anthony Auletta, a former Cornell Undergraduate, won 1st prize for his poster on spiders brains at the International Congress of Arachnology meetings in Golden, Colorado this week!  Both Linda Rayor, former PI, and Cole Gilbert, former advisor, were in attendance. Read more

CCE Summer Internship

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Jul 8, 2016
Lindsay Chamberlain, senior student in Plant Sciences, created a great blog about her summer research project and Elson Shields and his drone research expertise has made the cut! Read more

New pathogen takes control of gypsy moth populations

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Apr 22, 2016
New pathogen takes control of gypsy moth populations | Cornell ChronicleA new fungal pathogen is killing gypsy moth caterpillars and crowding out communities of pathogens and parasites that previously destroyed these moth pests. Read more

Beyond milkweed: Monarchs face habitat, nectar threats

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Apr 21, 2016
In the face of scientific dogma that faults the population decline of monarch butterflies on a lack of milkweed and herbicides, a new Cornell study casts wider blame: sparse autumnal nectar sources, weather and habitat fragmentation. Read more

What a moth's nose knows

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Jan 27, 2016
What a moth's nose knows -- ScienceDaily A transplantation experiment in moths shows how the brain experiences reality through the senses Read more

NNYADP alfalfa snout beetle project boosts growers and agribusinesses

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Nov 6, 2015
NNYADP alfalfa snout beetle project boosts growers and agribusinesses | Dairy Herd ManagementCornell University entomologist Elson Shields and research support specialist Antonio Testa discovered native New York nematodes as a naturally occurring biological control for alfalfa snout beetle (ASB), and pioneered the use of the insect-attacking, microscopic worms to reduce beetle populations to manageable levels. Read more

Chapman Fellowship Awarded

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Oct 1, 2015
The Paul J. Chapman Graduate Student Fellowship for 2015-2016 has been awarded to Heather Connelly in recognition of her many accomplishments.  Read more

Congratulations to Cole and Emma!

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Sep 28, 2015
At today's department coffee we welcomed Emma Mullen, Honey Bee Extension Associate, to the Department of Entomology and congratulated Cole Gilbert on his recent promotion to full professor.

Replacing Pesticides With Genetics

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Aug 31, 2015
Every spring, a host of unwelcome visitors descends on the Hansen farm in upstate New York. Diamondback moths blown in from the South threaten rows of cabbages to be sold for slaw and sauerkraut. Read more

Organic biocontrols bust pests

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Aug 26, 2015
“Soil insecticides were effective, but costly, time-consuming, didn’t cure the problem and are no longer an option,”Rulfs explains. “Adult control with foliar insecticide is ineffective.”  That’s why Rulfs Orchard was the first berry farm to test a biocontrol protocol developed by Cornell University entomologist Elson Shields. 
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Genetically modified diamondback moth offers pest control hope

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Aug 10, 2015
"Diamondback is a serious problem for farmers in New York State and around the world – anywhere cruciferous vegetables and field crops are grown," he said. "These moths invade and attack the crops, and they are developing resistance to insecticides, so we urgently need new tools to better control them." Read more

Cole Gilbert Promoted to Full Professor

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Jul 1, 2015
Congratulation to Cole Gilbert on being promoted to full professor. Please be sure to congratulate Cole on this recognition of his outstanding accomplishments!

War waged on destructive beetles

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May 13, 2015
Although invasive beetles may probably never be eradicated, local farmers are winning battles against them, according to experts from Ithaca’s Cornell University and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County.

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Beetle biocontrol

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Mar 11, 2015
  New research improves prospects of plum curculio control using nematodes.  New York fruit growers may have found a more effective biocontrol tool for managing plum curculio—and a new model that could be developed and used by growers elsewhere.   Read more

The importance of olfactory and visual cues in developing better monitoring tools for Sirex noctilio (Hymenoptera: Siricidae)

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Feb 25, 2015
To improve the monitoring of the invasive European woodwasp, both sexes of Sirex noctilio were studied in a walk in wind tunnel.  Read more