Apr 22, 2015
From Punk Guitarist to Research Entomologist
Scientists don't fit stereotypes. Clint Penick studies the evolution of social traits in insect societies. He also recorded and toured as a punk rock guitarist.
Apr 1, 2015
Isotope Study Shows Which Urban Ants Love Junk Food
Research finds that some – but not all – of the ant species on city streets have developed a taste for human food, offering insight into why certain ants are thriving in urban environments. The findings stem from a study that tested isotope levels in ants to determine the makeup of their diet.
Mar 16, 2015
How Science Can Help Beekeepers Protect Their Colonies
David Tarpy and his lab are using advanced diagnostic tools to help beekeepers keep their honey bee colonies healthy and productive.
Mar 2, 2015
The Environment May Change, but the Microbiome of Queen Bees Does Not
Researchers have published the first thorough census of the gut microbiome – which consists of all the microorganisms that live in the gut of the organism – in queen bees. And the findings were surprising.
Feb 9, 2015
The Cankerworm Chronicles
Cankerworms can be a serious threat to trees and other vegetations -- and researchers are taking an active role in finding ways to combat them.
Dec 2, 2014
Study Finds Insects Play Important Role in Dealing with Garbage on NYC Streets
In the city that never sleeps, it’s easy to overlook the insects underfoot. But that doesn’t mean they’re not working hard. A new study shows that insects play a significant role in disposing of garbage on the streets of Manhattan.
Nov 19, 2014
Warmer Temperatures Limit Impact of Parasites, Boost Pest Populations
Research shows that some insect pests are thriving in warm, urban environments and developing earlier, limiting the impact of parasitoid wasps that normally help keep those pest populations in check.
Nov 17, 2014
Something Resistant This Way Comes: An Insect Mystery
An NC State entomology researcher has found that a feared crop pest found in North Carolina is becoming resistant to a common method used to protect crops.
Nov 12, 2014
Inhabit(ants) of New York City: High Diversity Underfoot in Urban Environments
Cities have more species diversity than you’d expect. A study of ants in Manhattan found not only a wide range of species, but also significant differences in the levels of biodiversity in different urban areas.
Sep 30, 2014
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.