Press Releases

Bark Beetle Management in Southern Pine Forests

Lanham, MD; April 23, 2012 -- Periodic outbreaks of bark beetles can cause annual losses of millions of dollars and pose serious challenges for forest managers, and the suppression of outbreaks is particularly difficult and expensive.

AZM Alternatives Against Codling Moth

Lanham, MD; April 19, 2012 -- Azinphos-methyl (AZM) has been the most used insecticide in apple production in the United States since the late 1960s, primarily as a control for the codling moth, but a decision by the EPA to phase out AZM by 2012 signals the end of this product's use by tree fruit growers.

Exotic Manure is Sure to Lure the Dung Connoisseur

Lanham, MD; April 12, 2012 – Although the preference of dung beetles for specific types and conditions of dung has been given substantial attention, little has been done to investigate their preference for dung from exotic mammals found on game farms or rewilding projects.

Don’t Bug Out Over Warmer Weather

Lanham, MD; April 9, 2012 – This year’s mild winter and early spring have prompted many media reports that insect populations are certain to increase in unprecedented numbers this year. However, leaders of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) say there are many other things that contribute to insect activity, including rainfall, humidity, predator populations, and other factors.

For example, mosquitoes require standing water for their eggs to hatch and for their larvae to develop.

More than 100 Symposia at Entomology 2012

Lanham, MD; April 4, 2012 -- Entomology 2012, the 60th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), will feature more than 100 symposia on insects and related arthropods, November 11-14, 2012 in Knoxville, TN.

ESA ICE 2012 Travel Award Winners

Lanham, MD; March 28, 2012 -- ESA's Student and Young Professionals Committee recently sponsored a competition for travel grants to the 2012 International Congress of Entomology (ICE) to be held in Daegu, South Korea this summer. The competition was open to ESA members who are undergraduate or graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, or professionals having less than three years’ experience.

A total of $60,000 will be distributed for travel awards to ICE 2012 for airfare, meeting registration, and lodging/living costs during travel.

An IPM Program for Coffee Berry Borer

Lanham, MD; March 14, 2012 -- The coffee berry borer, Hypothenemus hampei (Ferrari), is considered one of the most serious pests in coffee plantations worldwide. Infestations of this small beetle are difficult to combat; most of the insect's lifecycle is completed inside coffee berries, making insecticide penetration and contact difficult. Female beetles bore holes into developing berries attached to the tree through the blossom scar and create ‘galleries’ where they remain and deposit their eggs.

Slug Ecology and Management in No-Till Field Crops

Lanham, MD; March 14, 2012 -- As acreage of row crops managed with conservation tillage increases, more growers are encountering slugs, elevating their importance as crop pests. Slugs can eat virtually all crops, and they are challenging to control because of the limited number of management tactics that are available.

Gene Kritsky to Give Founders’ Memorial Lecture

Lanham, MD; March 13, 2012 -- Dr. Gene Kritsky, a professor of biology at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, adjunct curator of entomology at the Cincinnati Museum Center, and editor-in-chief of American Entomologist, has been selected to deliver the Founders’ Memorial Award lecture at Entomology 2012 – the 60th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) – this November in Knoxville, Tennessee.

SWB Awards Presented in Little Rock, AR

Lanham, MD; March 8, 2012 – The Southwestern Branch of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) presented awards at a Joint Meeting between the Seoutheastern and Southwestern Branches in Little Rock, Arkansas, held March 3-7, 2012. The awardees are listed below.