In the Media
[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.
[4/28/2015] The UMN Bee Squad's Becky Masterman was recently featured on Kare 11 News. The Bee Squad was nspired by Dr. Marla Spivak at the University of Minnesota Bee Lab, and will help beekeepers and the community in the Twin Cities area foster healthy bee populations and pollinator landscapes through education and hands-on mentorship. Watch the video.
[4/17/2015] The most recent paper out of the Heimpel Lab made entomological news headlines today. The paper is titled 'Philornis downsi (Diptera: Muscidae), an Avian Nest Parasite Invasive to the Galápagos Islands, in Mainland Ecuador.' Mariana Bulgarella (PostDoc), Jonathan Dregni (Assistant Scientist) and George Heimpel (Distinguished McKnight University Professor) are listed among the authors. Great work, all!/span>