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Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology

NC State Extension honey bee health

May 20, 2022

Bee the Solution

The NC State apiculture program works through Extension to help North Carolina beekeepers with hive health. 

Female cockroach feeding on gift from male cockroach

May 12, 2022

Sugar Aversion Hampers Cockroach Coupling

How does a cockroach’s aversion to sugar turn into an aversion to mating? NC State researchers discover the mechanism behind this behavior. 

a female researcher sitting in a field smiling

Apr 29, 2022

Laurie Hamon: Uncovering Pollination Secrets of the Venus Flytrap

A chance opportunity to work with the Venus flytrap became a turning point for Laurie Hamon’s doctoral journey, and the focus of her dissertation for a Ph.D. in entomology and biology. 

Carolyn Young new DEPP Department Head

Apr 18, 2022

CALS Names New Entomology and Plant Pathology Department Head

After a national search, Carolyn Young will be the next department head for the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology. 

a female researcher in a lab smiling

Apr 15, 2022

A Journey from a Small Farm to Groundbreaking Scientific Research

Anna Whitfield’s path to studying big questions in agriculture began on a small family farm in Georgia, where she saw first-hand the economic, societal and psychological impacts of destructive plant and animal diseases. 

Tobacco thrips with Plant Armor

Apr 13, 2022

In ‘Plant Armor’ Crop Cover, Insects Have to Navigate Textile Maze

NC State researchers' design for a new crop cover could provide an effective, chemical-free alternative for insect protection. 

a woman scientist in a lab space

Mar 21, 2022

Aurora Toennisson: Exploring Space and Sharing Science

When Toennisson was young, she wanted to be an astronaut. But as she learned more about life on Earth, she shifted her interests. 

The wrap-and-plant technology displayed in a Kenyan field.

Mar 7, 2022

Banana ‘Paper’ Stymies Potato Pest

Made from banana waste, the paper blocks growth and infestation of a nasty worm that wreaks havoc with potato plants. 

Belltower

Feb 15, 2022

Three CALS Professors Named 2021 AAAS Fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. 

three images capture beetle larvae at various stages of jumping; a fourth image shows the trajectory of a larva's leap

Jan 19, 2022

Scientists Find Previously Unknown Jumping Behavior in Insects

There is evidence that this jumping behavior is occurring in a range of species – we just haven’t noticed it before.