Press Releases

Bt Maize Could Increase Yields, Decrease Pesticide Use in Mexico

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Annapolis, MD: November 17, 2014 -- Although maize was originally domesticated in Mexico, the country’s average yield per hectare is 38% below the world’s average. In fact, Mexico imports 30% of its maize from foreign sources to keep up with internal demand.

2015 World of Insects Calendar Available Now

Annapolis, MD: November 7, 2014 -- The ESA 2015 World of Insects wall calendar is now available for purchase. Hundreds of photos were submitted by insect photographers from around the world, and the ESA calendar commitee judges picked the best ones.

All attendees of Entomology 2014 in Portland will receive one free copy with their registration.

What Role Do Insects Play in Ebola Virus Transmission?

Annapolis, MD; November 5, 2014 -- Research on arthropod involvement in Ebola virus transmission has been quite limited, so many questions remain about whether flies and other insects play any role in the transmission of Ebola virus. If they do, how significant is this role, and what efforts need to be undertaken to reduce health risks?

Call for Editors-in-Chief of the Journal of Insect Science

Annapolis, MD; November 4, 2014 -- The Entomological Society of America is seeking candidates to serve in the position of editor-in-chief of the Journal of Insect Science. Due to the volume of submissions the journal receives, two individuals will be appointed to serve as co-editors-in-chief.

ESA Presents First Class of Science Policy Fellows

Annapolis, MD; October 16, 2014 -- In 2014, the Entomological Society of America (ESA) formed a program to support and develop scientists as visible and effective advocates for entomology and entomological research. The program will accept five new Fellows each year to serve two-year terms.

Media Advisory for Entomology 2014 in Portland

Annapolis, MD; October 14, 2014 -- Entomology 2014, the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), will be held November 16-19, 2014 in Portland, Oregon. With nearly 3,200 insect scientists already registered, the meeting will be one of the largest entomology meetings in recent memory.

Efficacy of “Natural” Bed Bug Pesticides Compared

Annapolis, MD; October 12, 2014 -- Concerns over human-insecticide exposure has stimulated the development of alternative bed bug control materials, and many essential oil-based pesticides and detergent insecticides have been developed in recent years. But how well do they work? To find out, researchers from Rutgers University evaluated the efficacy of nine essential oil-based products and two detergents that are labeled and marketed for bed bug control. The results are published in an article in the Journal of Economic Entomology.

New Leafhopper Species Named After UI entomologist

Annapolis, MD; October 9, 2014 -- Three new species of leafhoppers from China in the genus Futasujinus were recently identified during a review of leafhoppers in museum collections in China, the UK, and Illinois. One of them, Futasujinus dietrichi, was "named after Dr. Chris Dietrich, University of Illinois, USA, in recognition of his good work on leafhoppers." The new species are described in an article in Annals of the Entomological Society of America.

ESA VP-Elect Named National Medal of Science Winner

Annapolis, MD; October 6, 2014 --Dr. May Berenbaum, 2014 Vice President-Elect of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), has been named a winner of the National Medal of Science, the United States’ highest honor for achievement in science and technology.

“I don’t think you can top this one, I really don’t," Dr. Berenbaum said. "This one is such an enormous honor. Many people this year are science heroes of my own. And I’m so incredibly thrilled to be on the same list."

No Page Charges for ESA Members in 2015

Annapolis, MD; October 2, 2014 – The Entomological Society of America (ESA) has announced that Society members will no longer have to pay page charges in its journals starting with issues published in January 2015, fulfilling a long-term goal of the ESA Governing Board. The Society’s new publishing partnership with Oxford University Press made it possible to dramatically enhance the value of Society membership with this policy change.