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Resistant varieties, beneficial predators can help producers win sugarcane aphid battle

by Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications AMARILLO – While sugarcane aphids have been difficult to suppress in past years due to their natural traits and limited insecticide options, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study shows resistant sorghum varieties and beneficial predators could provide a solution. Dr. Ada Szczepaniec, AgriLife Research entomologist at Amarillo, recently authored  “Interactive effects of crop variety, insecticide seed treatment, and planting date on population dynamics of sugarcane aphid and their predators in late-colonized sorghum” in the Crop Protection journal. The full article can… Read More →

Congratulations Spring 2018 Graduates

The Department of Entomology would like to congratulate the students that are expected to graduate during commencement exercises at Reed Arena on Friday May 11. Congratulations and good luck on your futures!! Undergraduates: ENTO majors: Aurora Acevedo Entomology, Business minor Dayvion “AJ” Adams Entomology Mark Jeffrey S. Barbosa Entomology Erich Edward Ethridge Entomology Keyuana Andrea Hilliard Entomology Dawson David Kerns Entomology Anahi Miranda Mendoza Entomology   Double Majors: Katherine Rita Freeman Animal Science and Entomology Double Major Katie Grantham Biomedical Science and Entomology Double Major Traci Dee Hale… Read More →

Professor Uses Insects Encased in Resin to Improve Public Education Programs

Texas A&M Entomology Assistant Professor Gabe Hamer is working to make it easier for training the next generation of medical entomologists by mounting arthropods in resin. In a paper that was recently published in the Journal of Insect Science featured with the journal’s cover image  and on Entomology Today, Hamer’s lab created protocols for encapsulating medically important arthropods in resin for educators to use in educating the public on various arthropods that can vector dangerous diseases, such as Chagas disease, Lyme disease, and Rickettsiosis.  The work was led by graduate student… Read More →

Raszick and Hawkings Receive Department’s Outstanding Graduate Student Awards

Congratulations to Ph.D. students  Tyler Raszick and Chloë Hawkings as they received this year’s Department of Outstanding Graduate Student Award during the Graduate Student Recognition Seminar on Thursday, February 15. Raszick is advised by Dr. Gregory Sword. His dissertation research utilizes high-throughput DNA sequencing technology and cutting edge bioinformatics to address critical issues in cotton entomology including boll weevil eradication efforts and risk assessment for the evolution of resistance by mirids to a new generation of Bt transgenic crops. He is active in the Entomology Graduate Student Organization,… Read More →

Pest Management Conference Teaches Professionals Safety, Newest Control Techniques

Hundreds of pest control professionals descended upon the Brazos Center during the first week of January for the annual Texas A&M University Pest Management Conference and Workshop at the Brazos Center. This year, the workshop focused on pest control operator safety, updates on laws and regulations, and the newest research the Urban and Structural Program has been working on during the past year. The conference opened with introductions from Dr. Ed Vargo, the Endowed Chair of the program, Entomology Department Head Dr. David Ragsdale, and a representative from… Read More →

Congratulations December 2017 Graduates!!

A small group of students in the Department of Entomology had a great start to the holiday season as they joined thousands of other Aggies expecting to graduate in Reed Arena Friday afternoon. The students included seven undergraduates, four Master of Science students, two Ph.D. students, and 10 students receiving their certification in Public Health Entomology during the 2pm ceremony. Students, faculty and families joined the Department in a special celebratory lunch before graduation in the Heep Center where they shared good memories over coffee and light lunch… Read More →

Linnaean Team Wins First Place, Department Receives Top Awards and Recognition at National Meeting

  DENVER—Several of the Department of Entomology’s undergraduate and graduate students received high recognition for their work during this year’s Entomological Society of America annual meeting at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The conference, which was held from November 5 through 8, allows entomologists to learn the newest research and collaborate with others from across the United States and many international attendees.  It is the largest gathering of Entomologists in the world with 3,700 in attendance this year.  Our students competed in various poster and oral presentation… Read More →

Department Honors Jim Woolley’s Service during Retirement Reception

The Department of Entomology recently celebrated Dr. James Woolley’s more than 30 years of service as a Professor during a special retirement reception in the Thomas G. Hildebrand, DVM ’56 Equine Complex on Monday, October 9. Woolley retired on August 31, 2017 after he began his career 34 years ago as an assistant professor. In his teaching, Woolley taught hundreds of students both at the graduate and undergraduate level within the Department. Woolley developed and taught two graduate courses that included Principles of Systematic Entomology (ENTO 601) and… Read More →

Website offers critical mosquito, disease information after Hurricane Harvey

by Gabriel Saldana, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications DALLAS — Visitors to the Mosquito Safari website at will find comprehensive information on common mosquitoes, the diseases they carry and instructions for controlling the pest, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologists. They said the information is critical in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, whose initial rains forced mosquitoes from their habitats into human areas, and whose residual standing waters have created new environments for mosquito breeding. “The best thing people can do to fight this pest is to… Read More →

Grad Students Receive Awards during 20th Annual Graduate Student Forum

COLLEGE STATION, Texas—Three students received top recognition during the Department’s annual Graduate Student Forum on Thursday, August 24. Ph.D. student Shavonn Whiten received first place for her presentation titled “Putting the pieces together: Insight into the perimeter of protection provided by the peritrophic matrix after adult mosquito blood feeding” while Ph.D. student Chloe Hawkings got second place for her talk titled “Expression analysis of vitellogenin in the worker caste of the red imported ant, Solenopsis invicta,”and Ph.D. student Alex Payne received third place for her presentation titled “Synergistic effects… Read More →