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What a moth's nose knows

Jan 27, 2016

What a moth's nose knows -- ScienceDaily A transplantation experiment in moths shows how the brain experiences reality through the senses

NNYADP alfalfa snout beetle project boosts growers and agribusinesses

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.

Caterpillar on milkweed

Butterflies Weaponize Milkweed Toxins

Nov 4, 2015

Monarch and queen caterpillars store toxic compounds from their milkweed diet to ward off predators into adulthood, a new study suggests.


Educators meet to bolster undergrad STEM outreach

Oct 14, 2015

Educators from around the nation with a strong desire to promulgate scientific knowledge and teach tomorrow’s teachers met to learn new ways to train undergraduate students in effective instruction.

Chapman Fellowship Awarded

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. 

Congratulations to Cole and Emma!

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

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.

Organic biocontrols bust pests

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. 

Genetically modified diamondback moth offers pest control hope

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."

RNA insecticide could target specific pests

Jul 20, 2015

A novel insecticide targets a specific gene in a pest, killing only that bug species on crops and avoiding collateral damage to beneficial insects caused by today’s pesticides.

Cole Gilbert Promoted to Full Professor

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

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.


Beetle biocontrol

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.