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Lanham, MD; March 3, 2014 -- Resistance to pesticides has now been recorded in nearly a thousand pest species, including more than 500 insects, 218 weeds, and 190 fungi that attack plants. The recorded cases of resistance in insects, mites and other arthropods, which include resistance to multiple pesticides per species, more than doubled from 5,141 in 1990 to 11,254 in 2013.
Lanham, MD; February 25, 2014 -- Eggs from head lice, also called nits, are incredibly difficult to remove. Female lice lay eggs directly onto strands of hair, and they cement them in place with a glue-like substance, making them hard to get rid of. In fact, the eggs are glued down so strongly that they will stay in place even after hair has been treated with pediculicides — substances used to kill lice.
Lanham, MD; February 24, 2014 -- Hundreds of insect scientists and entomology students will be meeting in Greenville, SC next week as members of the Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) get together for their 88th annual meeting at the Embassy Suites Greenville Golf & Conference Center, March 2-5, 2014.
The meeting will feature scientific presentations, student poster and paper competitions, social events, an awards ceremony, and an insect photo salon.
Lanham, MD; February 19, 2014 -- 1,000 elementary school students are expected to attend an INSECT EXPO at the San Antonio El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM on Monday, February 24.
The Insect Expo will kick off the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Branch of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), which will be held February 24-27.
Lanham, MD; February 12, 2014 -- Dr. Fred Gould, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Entomology at North Carolina State University (NCSU), has been selected to deliver the Founders’ Memorial Award lecture at Entomology 2014, the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) to be held in Portland, Oregon, November 16-19, 2014.
Lanham, MD; February 11, 2014 -- The Entomological Society of America is looking for the best insect images to grace our “2015 World of Insects Calendar.”
Images should be of the highest aesthetic and technical quality. Photographs for the calendar will be selected by the ESA Committee on the World of Insects Calendar. The requirements for submission of images for the purposes of judging are:
1. JPG format (no more than 3000 pixels wide).
Annapolis, MD; February 5, 2014 -- Since the 1930s, the Entomological Society of America (ESA) has recognized individuals who have made outstanding contributions to entomology by designating them ESA Fellows. Traditionally, these outstanding contributions have involved research, teaching, extension & outreach, or administration.
However, starting this year the Society will also honor military entomologists with the creation of a new category -- Military Fellows.
Annapolis, MD; February 5, 2014 -- The Entomological Society of America (ESA) recently announced the development of an exploratory committee to investigate the feasibility of adapting its popular Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) program for an international audience.
Annapolis, MD; February 4, 2014 -- In August 2008 the Asian citrus psyllid (Diaphorina citri), an invasive insect known to spread citrus greening disease (huanglongbing), which can be lethal to citrus trees, was detected in southern California. After initial treatments with insecticides were determined to be costly and unsustainable, a decision was made to instead try biological control by using insect parasitoids that are known to attack the psyllids.
Annapolis, MD; February 3, 2014 -- A large body of literature has shown that genetically-modified plants that produce proteins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) to protect themselves from insect pests have little to no effect on a wide range of nontarget insects. However, concerns about Bt crops still exist. Now two new studies using more exacting methods show that Bt crops have no negative effects on two beneficial insect predators or on a beneficial, entomopathogenic nematode.