In the Media
[7/20/2015] Chris Philips recently spoke with the St. Cloud Times regarding his work with spotted-wing drosophila. What makes the spotted-wing drosophila different from other invasives: It affects ripe fruit. Because the flies lay their eggs in developing fruit, there's no outward sign of infestation. "It changes the game of growing small fruit pretty much across the country," said Chris Philips, an entomologist at the University of Minnesota North Central Research and Outreach Center in Grand Rapids. "We've kind of been in a scramble these past few years." Read the full article.
[7/20/2015] Minnesota is counting on a ground-nesting wasp known as the smoky winged beetle bandit to detect new locations where ash trees are coming under attack from the emerald ash borer. “We’ll be watching one insect to discover another,” said Jeff Hahn, an entomologist at the University of Minnesota. “It’s another tool in our arsenal.” Current funding should carry the program through mid-2017, but organizers will likely seek to extend taxpayer support. Besides targeting the emerald ash borer, the wasp-watcher program also will screen for other unwanted insects. Read the full article (complete with photos of our own Jennifer Schultz!).
[7/17/15] A team of University of Minnesota researchers is working to give farmers better tools and techniques to protect their crops from pests like the soybean aphid. Using high-tech robotics and sensors and computer modeling software, the team aims to develop faster and more efficient methods of monitoring crops that help farmers make informed decisions on exactly when and where to apply pesticides. Demoz Gebre-Egziabher (CSE) Ian MacRae, and Bob Koch are taking this reasearch 'to the skies.' They have equipped small, remote-controlled planes, known as uninhabited aerial vehicles, or UAVs, with specific types of sensors that can detect near-infrared light, which is invisible to the naked eye. Read the full article
[7/7/2015] The "Internet of Things" could be the next advance in saving honeybees. Marla Spivak is working with agricultural communications firm Eltopia and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications specialist Gemalto to develop a non-chemical way to control varroa mites. MiteNot is a smart beehive frame specifically designed to monitor and manage the internal temperature of the hive in which it is installed. Read the full article.
[6/24/2015] If you're part of the equestrian world, you may have heard of the radio show Horses in the Morning. This week, Roger Moon was a featured guest, answering cracking jokes and questions about the different types of insects that may be pestering horses, and what to do about them. You can hear the interview by going to the Horses in the Morning website. Click on 6-24-15 episode. Roger is on the air starting 18:20 minutes into the show.
[6/10/2015] Petra Kranzfelder and Joe Kaser have both been awarded Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships for the 2015-2016 academic year. Congrats to you both!
For a full list of 2015-2016 DDF recipients, please visit the UMN Grad School website.
[6/8/15] Entomology students participate and recieve awards at the NCB-ESA meeting in Manhattan, KS.
[5/20/15] Professor Marla Spivak comments on President Obama's plan to provide more pollinator habitat on federal lands nationwide. Marla said that the president’s plan is comprehensive in scope but it needs money. She hopes Obama will find a way to provide increased funding for the research that he says has to be done. See story in the Star Tribune.