Entomology

Entomologist receives 2019 Purdue Agriculture Research Award

Monday, September 16th, 2019 University News Story

Ian Kaplan, a professor of entomology, has been selected to receive the 2019 Purdue University Agriculture Research Award. Presented annually since 1982, the award is the highest honor awarded to mid-career faculty members in the College of Agriculture…

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Meet the College of Agriculture’s newest faculty members

Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose As the semester kicks-off hundreds of new faces crop up across the College of Agriculture’s campus. Not all of these unfamiliar faces are freshmen and transfer students, however. Ten faculty members are also joining the college this semester in the departments of agricultural economics, animal sciences, entomology, forestry and natural resources…

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Purdue leading effort to digitize North American parasite collections

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 University News Story

Parasites play significant roles in human health, wildlife conservation and livestock productivity. But getting an accurate picture of their distributions and associations with hosts is difficult because the specimens and their location data are often …

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Sen. Mike Braun to visit the Davis Purdue Agricultural Center

Monday, August 5th, 2019 University News Story

U.S. Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana will visit Purdue University’s Davis Agricultural Center on Wednesday (Aug. 7). He will be available to speak with media at the end of his visit at 6 p.m.

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Six things you probably don’t know about kissing bugs

Monday, July 29th, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose  The Center for Disease Control recently issued a memo regarding the presence of the Triatoma sanguisuga insect in 12 states, including Indiana. Triatoma sanguisuga is better known by its common name, the kissing bug. Kissing bugs, which are common in Central and South America, can carry Chagas, a parasitic disease. The…

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Purdue entomologist: ‘Ask yourself if it really looks like a kissing bug’

Monday, July 29th, 2019 University News Story

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued a warning regarding the Triatoma sanguisuga insect, more commonly known as the kissing bug. The statement said the bug could now be found in 12 states, including Indiana. Triatoma sanguisug…

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Purdue makes the case for forensic entomology

Friday, June 28th, 2019

“Pre-law and pre-med students are often needing to distinguish themselves from the herd,” explained forensic sciences program director Trevor Stamper. His advice: stand out from your competition through forensic entomology. “Purdue’s new concentration is unique,” said Stamper, “because it is the first formal area of concentration in forensic entomology ever worldwide. Nobody has ever done…

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Pesticides found in monarchs’ milkweed near farm fields

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 University News Story

Conservation organizations across the United States plant milkweed to combat the loss of monarch butterflies, whose populations have declined around 90 percent in the last two decades. Where they plant may be important, according to a Purdue University…

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Rapid cross-resistance bringing cockroaches closer to invincibility

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 University News Story

Cockroaches are serious threats to human health. They carry dozens of types of bacteria, such as E. coli and salmonella, that can sicken people. And the saliva, feces and body parts they leave behind may not only trigger allergies and asthma but could …

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College of Agriculture announces three major awards

Monday, June 10th, 2019 University News Story

Purdue University’s College of Agriculture recently announced its 2019 awards for excellence in research, promoting the core land-grant mission and interdisciplinary collaboration.

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College of Agriculture announces three major awards

Friday, June 7th, 2019

Purdue University’s College of Agriculture recently announced its 2019 awards for excellence in research, promoting the core land grant mission and interdisciplinary collaboration. The Agricultural Research Award, the Corinne Alexander Spirit of the Land Grant Mission Award and the TEAM award will be granted respectively to Ian Kaplan, professor of entomology; Haley Oliver, associate professor…

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Specialist hired to assist farmers with industrial hemp production

Monday, June 3rd, 2019 University News Story

Marguerite Bolt, who recently received her master’s degree in entomology from Purdue University and also has a background in horticulture and beekeeping, has been appointed as Purdue Extension’s first hemp production specialist.

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Meigs high tunnel field day to help growers boost production

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 University News Story

A July 18 field day will offer a variety of information for producers interested in learning more about high-tunnel production of cantaloupes, cucumbers and tomatoes.

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Bug Appetit

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

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Don’t bug out when you learn about this chef’s key ingredient

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose  A few years ago, Joseph Yoon, professional chef and executive director of Brooklyn Bugs, learned three interesting facts. One: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations recommended in a 2013 report that edible insects are a sustainable source of protein that could help stem the tide of growing food…

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Online tool identifies best and safest places to keep bees

Monday, April 1st, 2019 University News Story

Honeybees play essential roles in pollinating plants that humans and animals rely on for food. Declines in bee populations – including 20 percent of honeybee colonies per year in Indiana – threaten our food supply. Insecticide exposure, loss of floweri…

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Brooklyn Bugs chef, Purdue prof ask: ‘What IF eating insects saved the planet?’

Friday, March 29th, 2019 University News Story

What if you could save the planet by eating bugs? That not only might be a possibility, but in some parts of the world, eating insects isn’t a novel idea. Some researchers and chefs are working to demystify the concept of edible insects.

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Event to generate some buzz on importance of pollinators

Monday, March 25th, 2019 University News Story

If you’ve ever been interested in learning more about the birds and the bees — and other important species of pollinators — Purdue Extension-Floyd County is teaming up with the Spring Valley Beekeepers and Sunnyside Master Gardeners to make it possible.

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Study identifies essential oil compounds most toxic to bed bugs

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 University News Story

The synthetic pesticides used to control bed bug infestations face two problems: the insects are gaining a tolerance to them, and many consumers are looking for ‘green’ alternatives they consider safer to spray in their living spaces.

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