Sep 30, 2014 | The Abstract
The Root(worm) of the Problem: Unexpected Obstacles on the Road to Research
Scientists often have to spend an enormous amount of time becoming experts in things outside their field of study in order to do research they think is important. This is where a corn-eating beetle and a guy named Clay Chu come in.
Sep 2, 2014 | Research and Innovation
Asian Camel Crickets Now Common in U.S. Homes
Non-native species of camel crickets, known for their propensity for eating anything, including each other, have spread into homes across the eastern United States.
Aug 28, 2014 | The Abstract
Cities as a Glimpse of the Future
How researchers learned that cities may serve as a crystal ball for the impact of climate change on an important insect pest.
Aug 27, 2014 | The Abstract
Three Things You Didn’t Know About the Arachnids That Live on Your Face
Right now, in the general vicinity of your nose, there are at least two species of microscopic mites living in your pores. Scientists have just published a study about these little-known mites.
Aug 27, 2014 | Research and Innovation
Museum Specimens, Modern Cities Show How an Insect Pest Will Respond to Climate Change
Researchers from North Carolina State University have found that century-old museum specimens hold clues to how global climate change will affect a common insect pest that can weaken and kill trees – and the news is not good.
Jul 30, 2014
Urbanization: Good for Pests, Bad for Trees
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Steve Frank, an assistant professor of entomology at NC State.The post first appeared on Frank’s blog, Insect Ecology and Integrated Pest Management. My wife is from a […]
May 23, 2014
Can ‘Sticky Bands’ Protect Your Trees From Cankerworms?
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Steve Frank, an entomology researcher at NC State. If you live in the eastern United States, you may recently have noticed a ton of caterpillars hanging from […]
May 20, 2014 | Research and Innovation
Researchers Sequence Genome of Primitive Termite
North Carolina State University entomologists are part of a research team that has for the first time sequenced the genome of a member of the termite order, the dampwood termite (Zootermopsis nevadensis). A paper reports […]
Mar 13, 2014
What’s Eating You?
It’s a jungle out there. Humans can be infected by more than 1,400 parasites – viruses, bacteria, fungi, etc. It can be bad enough when one nasty parasite takes hold – it’s certainly no fun […]
Feb 5, 2014
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by David Hunt, a writer in NC State’s News Services office. When NC State postdoc Clint Penick collected a group of pavement ants in a small mountain community […]