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Purdue's bee lab helps ensure quality queensNew

​B York

Date Added: 3/31/2015

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Purdue's Bee Lab, led by Dr. Greg Hunt​ is a part of a newly-formed organization called Heartland Honey Bee Breeders Cooperative [HHBBC].  Their goal is to produce bees who are gentle, healthy and can overwinter successfully.  A recent article in Bee Culrure magazine reports on last fall's collaboration on campus "to ​inseminate virgin queens . . . with semen collected from Purdue stock" which exhibits certain desirable traits.  

 

The article, entitled "Quality Queens" was written by Ginger Davidson and is featured in the September 2014 issue of the magazine.  It states, "As National Pollinator Week was kicking off around the nation, HHBBC members recently came together at the Purdue University Bee Lab.  Braving the hot and humid Indiana weather, queen breeders from Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania arrived to collaborate with Greg Hunt and Krispn Given from the lab . . . 

 

"Although six insemination devices were often in simultaneous operation during the week, Krispn Given was the primary person collecting semen from drones and inseminating the breeder queens for this project.  His schedule over the five days was long, often arriving early and staying late.  The hard work paid off, though.  When he finished there were 74 inseminated breeder queens; great job Krispn!"

Clock full of insects

​Tom Turpin
On Six Legs
March 26, 2015

Date Added: 3/27/2015

BugClock200.jpgTime has been so important to humans that we have been keeping track of it in some way for thousands of years. The earliest approach to chronicling time was probably related to obvious cycles in nature such as day and night, the phases of the moon and the changing of seasons. We may have scratched a mark on something or dropped a small stone in a container each time the sun rose or the growing season ended as a way to tally days or years.

 
Early devices developed to provide an indication of the progression of time included sundials, clepsydra and clepsammia. Today we know the clepsydra as water clocks and clepsammia as hourglasses.

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Judy Loven, USDA-APHIS State Director, retiring this month

​B. York

Date Added: 3/27/2015

​​Loven_Judy2.jpgCoffee Break on March 25th honored special guest Judy Loven who is retiring from her position as State Director of the USDA-APHIS program at the end of the month.  Judy has held this position in excess of twenty years and is looking forward to returning to her native Lone Star State to pursue other interests. 

 

We all wish Judy happiness as we bid her goodbye.  To see others in the department expressing their best wishes, click on this link:

 
Dr. Clémentine Dabire receives award

​B. York

Date Added: 3/26/2015

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On Friday, March 20, 2015, Dr. Clémentine Dabire from Burkina Faso in Africa was presented with a plaque recognizing her special efforts and success with the PICS program.  Department Head Steve Yaninek made the presentation.  Clémentine is pictured here with Dieudonné Baributsa, who is directing the PICS 3 program.​

Ian Kaplan - 2015 University Faculty Scholar!

​Steve Yaninek

Date Added: 3/26/2015

Ian Kaplan University Faculty Scholar.jpgDr. Ian Kaplan has been selected as a 2015 University Faculty Scholar from the College of Agriculture. Ian is being recognized for advancing the fundamental body of knowledge in insect-plant interactions, and his commitment to excellence in the classroom. 

 

The University Faculty Scholars Program recognizes outstanding faculty members at the West Lafayette campus who are on an accelerated path for academic distinction. Eligible faculty must hold the rank of tenured associate or full professor and have been in that rank for no more than five years. Faculty Scholars are appointed for a nonrenewable five year term and receive an annual $10,000 discretionary allocation. 

 

Attached is a photo of Ian receiving the good news this afternoon from Dean Jay Akridge. Congratulations Ian!

Consider beekeeping as part of your landscaping architecture

​Krispn Given
Indiana Nursery & Landscape News
March/April 2015

Date Added: 3/23/2015

Bee hives2.jpgApiculture is the science of beekeeping. Humans have collected honey from wild beehives for more than 8,000 years, as shown in Mesolithic rock paintings dating from 6000 B. C. E. By 2500 B. C. E. Egyptians were keeping bees in artificial hives. Hives exploit the honeybees' natural tendency to build nests in cavities, and allow apiculturists to easily move (via boat, wagon, truck) and manipulate bee colonies. This mobility has allowed beekeepers to introduce honeybees around the world; European settlers brought the first hives to the New World in the 1620s.

 
As many of you reading this will recall, honey bees have had some health issues in recent years. Honey bees (Apis mellifera) are experiencing unprecedented challenges with pesticides and the blood-sucking mites (Varroa destructor). Varroa is an external parasitic mite that attacks honey bees and transmits viruses, it is basically a eight legged hypodermic needle.  Since the mid eighties when varroa destructor was first detected in beekeepers colonies in the United States (Wisconsin) it has cost billions of dollars and economic loss in the apicultural industry globally. Colony collapse disorder (CCD) is a syndrome that hit during 2005/2006 decimating thousands of beehives.  It is not certain what the causes are but mites and viruses were probably a big part of it.  If you are considering keeping bees in an urban environment some caution is required.  It is best to get bees from an experienced individual that can help you out in the beginning phase. There has been a tremendous resurgence in new beekeepers in the United States the last few years. With the heightened awareness of bee health, now is a good time to get started in beekeeping. States have there own beekeeping organizations that are experiencing a growth in membership.  In Indiana I have attended meetings with 600 + beekeepers!

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Extension provides ANR training and prepares first responders

​Tim Gibb

Date Added: 3/20/2015

Extension.bmpOn Feb 5th the Purdue Entomology Extension Team invited County Extension Educators from throughout the state to come to Purdue as guests for a full day of hands-on, face-to-face Entomological training.   

 
Objectives of the meeting were to update the county educators on issues such as how to recognize and manage pests that have recently or will soon become serious pests in our state.  Arming county extension partners with the latest entomological information and updates will allow them to be more effective in their role as educators.   

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Buzzy Bee

​Tom Turpin
On Six Legs
March 12, 2015

Photo: John Obermeyer

Date Added: 3/17/2015

IBuzzy Bee.jpgf you are a baby boomer, or the parent of a baby boomer or two, you might remember a toy called Buzzy Bee. Buzzy Bee was one of the children's toys widely marketed in the U.S. during the 1950s. This was back in "BC" - before computers - so kids didn't have screen time on devices such as cell phones and video games to keep them occupied. 

 

This was a time when watching a TV screen was generally a family affair. The choice of what to watch was limited, because there were only three TV networks in those days. Shows such "Ozzie & Harriet", "The Red Skelton Show," "Leave It to Beaver," "Dennis the Menace" and "Lassie" were standard fare. Roy Rogers, Davy Crockett and Sky King were western heroes who engaged in fierce six-shooter battles with bad guys. There were "Looney Tunes" cartoons and a kids' variety show - "The Mickey Mouse Club." What baby boomer can forget the Mickey Mouse ear hats, the Mouseketeer roll call and the names Annette, Bobby and Doreen?  

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Zaspel lab undergrad receives award

​J. Zaspel

Date Added: 3/16/2015

Robert Behring PERC.jpgOne of the undergraduate students doing research in Dr. Zaspel's lab, Robert Behring, recently received a grant from the Prairie Biotic Research, INC.  The award was for $1,000 and the title of the project is: Ecology, Distribution, and Behavior of the Meadow Rue Owlet Moth Calyptra canadensis (Lepidoptera: Erebidae).  [Robert is on the left in the photo!]

 

Congratulations to all!

Baby Insects

​Tom Turpin
On Six Legs
February 26, 2015

Photo: John Obermeyer

 

Date Added: 3/10/2015

Hornworm.jpgMany years ago I did media training in preparation for a national tour promoting the O. Orkin Insect Zoo at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. As part of the training I participated in a mock TV interview with a former TV anchorman. I was ready. I had "talking points" and some flea larvae for show and tell.   

 

After the practice interview the trainer pointed out that I had used a term that at least 90 percent of my audience would not recognize. The term was larvae. He asked rhetorically, "Exactly what are larvae?" "Larvae are immature insects," I replied. "So if larvae are baby insects," he said, "why not call them that?" My media trainer then pointed out that if I really wanted to get my message across I would have to use words that general audiences would understand, not scientific jargon.

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Jeff Stuart's research cited in Ag News

​Natalie van Hoose
Agriculture News - March 2, 2015

Photo courtesy of Andrew Nuss

Date Added: 3/4/2015

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Jeff Stuart and his research team are featured in this week's issue of Purdue University Agriculture News.  The team has sequenced the Hessian fly genome and helped figure out how this insect causes galls in wheat.

 

To read the entire story, click on Jeff Stuart's research.

Murdock and Baributsa attend Millionaires Club luncheon

​B. York

Date Added: 2/23/2015

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Larry Murdock and Dieudonné Baributsa attended the Millionaire's Club Luncheon on February 11, 2015 in the Anniversary Drawing Room of the Purdue Memorial Union.  The Excellence in Research Awards dinner celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of Purdue's research community, so in 2005 the College of Agriculture started its own Millionaire's Club to recognize CoA faculty who have been awarded a one million dollar (or higher) grant.   

 
Drs. Murdock and Baributsa were awarded ten million dollars from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to launch the third phase of the PICS program, PICS3.

 

Grzegorz Buczkowski featured in Purdue Ag News

​Natalie  Van  Hoose

Date Added: 2/19/2015

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The February 18, 2015 issue of Purdue University Agriculture News featured research on ants and hydrogel bait by Grzegorz Buczkowski.  To read the entire article, click managing invasive ants.

 

You may have noticed this article in the February 19th Exponent under the "ETYMOLOGY" section on Page 2!
PICS technology saving crops in Malawi

​James Chavula
The Nation
February 1, 2015

Date Added: 2/17/2015

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The newspaper headline shouts, "Improved sack kills weevils."  Important news in a country where the insects destroy a quarter of the stored grains harvested by small farmers in this southeast African nation.  To read the entire article published in The Nation on February 1, 2015, click PICS Helps Malawi. 

Pass the honey, Honey

​Tom Turpin
On Six Legs
February 12, 2015

Date Added: 2/13/2015

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Honey, as you know, is a sweet substance. It is also a wonderful food. No one can say how long humans have been eating honey. There are numerous mentions of honey in the Old Testament of the Bible, and rock paintings dating back some 8,000 years depict humans collecting honey from bee nests. It is probably safe to assume that humans have been eating honey for most of our existence.

 

We have learned about some of the foods in the diet of ancient humans because identifiable pieces and parts of food items show up in the fossil record. Bones and shells from animals and stems and seeds from plants don't disintegrate rapidly and persist in rock formations discovered by archeologists. On the other hand, a liquid such as honey is not likely to be preserved in such a way. 

 

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Nick Seiter (BS '07, MS '09) cited in Arkansas TV news video on Kudzu bug

​B. York

Date Added: 2/5/2015

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​Purdue entomology alumnus Nicholas Seiter was recently interviewed by an Arkansas television station.  Nick is an extension entomologist who did his PhD on Kudzu bug, which has now found its way into Arkansas. 

 
To watch the video clip and read the entire article, click on Nick Seiter's interview.
Ian Kaplan in Ag Research Spotlight in January

​B. York

Date Added: 2/2/2015
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Dr. Ian Kaplan is featured this month in the Ag Research Spotlight to underscore the theme, “Strengthening ecological and environmental integrity in agricultural landscapes.”
 
To read the article, click Ian in the Spotlight.
Pilgrim among Insects

​Tom Turpin
On Six Legs
January 22, 2015

Date Added: 1/26/2015

VaseBookEnd200.jpgA number of years ago a boyhood friend sent me a book. He liked the book and thought I would enjoy it as well. The book reminded him of the carefree, bygone times of our youth. Days when two young farm boys traipsed through meadows, roadsides and streams, wallowing in everything that nature had to offer.  He also said that the book had a lot of insect stuff in it so it was right down my alley. 

 
The book was "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek" by Annie Dillard. It wasn't just another nature book but the 1975 Pulitzer Prize-winner for General Non-Fiction. It is a book about nature, spirituality and religion. Many people have compared the book to the work of Henry David Thoreau. That is an apt comparison. Dillard actually did her college senior thesis on Thoreau's work. Furthermore, she lived for a year at Tinker Creek in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and kept a journal of her thoughts and observations that became the basis for the book.

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Four from ENTM receive 2015 Provost Awards

​B. York

Date Added: 1/23/2015

2015 Provost Awards.jpgCERIS staff members Joe Hegarty and Preston Wiley received Provost Awards at the luncheon held Thursday, January 22, 2015 in the Purdue Memorial Union ballrooms.  Joe has been with Purdue for 30 years, and Preston observed his 10th anniversary with the University.

 
Other award winners were Tammy Luck (35 years) and Susan Schechter (20 years)  Congratulations to all!
 
 
Pictured here are department head Steve Yaninek, Preston Wiley, Joe Hegarty, and CERIS director Eileen Luke.
 
 
 
Grzegorz Buczkowski part of AgSEED venture
​Keith Robinson
Date Added: 1/16/2015

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Dr. Grzegorz Buczkowski participated as a research team member in a recent AgSEED project.  In case you missed it in the recent issue of Agricultures magazine, go to this link to read the full article​: AgSEED Project.

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