|Cliff Sadof helps create app to deal with EAB|
A Tree Doctor app is available to assist homeowners in early detection and treatment of Emerald Ash Borer activity in their trees. Cliff Sadof helped develop this app so that more ash trees can be protected.
To read WFYI's descrption of the app's value, go to EAB app.
|Larry Murdock named Distinguished Professor|
Photo: Ben Prickel
On Friday, May 15, 2015, the Board of Trustees named Larry L. Murdock a distinguished professor of entomology. This is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a faculty member and this is the first entomology professor to receive the designation. After the BoT meeting, a well-attended reception honoring Dr. Murdock was held in the department. Dean of Agriculture Jay Akridge and Department Head Steve Yaninek offered comments, and former department head Eldon Ortman also attended.
To view the official Purdue News announcement, click on distinguished professor.
|40% of bee colonies lost nationally|
WLFI.com, May 13, 2015
A local new team talked with area beekeepers, as well as Tom Turpin, to explain the drastic mortality rate among honeybees. Many local beekeepers have lost more than half of their hives.
To read the article from WLFI.com, click honeybee colonies dying.
|Swarms Hanging Around|
On Six Legs - May 14, 2015
If I were asked to create a “Top Ten” list of truly amazing things that insects do, I would have to include the swarming behavior of honey bees on that list. To be sure, as a beekeeper I must admit that I am a bit biased in my attitude toward honey bees. A person who studies honey bee biology or learns firsthand by owning a colony or two of the little creatures cannot help but view these insects with admiration.
There are several aspects of honey bee biology that might qualify for my “Top Ten” list. One is that the industrious bees process nectar into honey that is stored as a food resource for winter months. Humans steal a lot of “the fruit of the hive” from bees for our use. Honey bees are also pollinators, an ecological partnership with plants that results in seed set and fruit production. Then there is the honey bee dance. Bees use this dance, sometimes called a waggle dance, to communicate the direction and distance of flowers to other bees.
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