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- Agricultural Pest Management
- Ecology/Biological Control
- Evolutionary Biology
- Freshwater and Estuarine Entomology
- Insect Pathology
- Molecular Biology, Physiology, Toxicology, and Molecular Genetics
- Organic Agriculture
- Pesticide Technology, Assessment, and Policy
- Urban, Structural, and Green Industries Pest Management
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- Fall 2013 Colloquium
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A 2-year project funded by the Strategic Agricultural Initiative Grants Program, EPA Region III, addresses the use patterns and potential exposure to honey bees by neonicotinoid insecticides on cucurbit crops. The project investigators are Galen Dively, Terry Patton, and Cerruti Hooks (University of Maryland), cooperating with Alaa Kamel (Analytical Chemistry Branch, EPA Laboratory at Ft. Meade, MD).
Sustainable Management of the Small Hive Beetle (Aethina tumida), an Emerging Pest of Honey Bees
--A 2-year project funded by the Northeast IPM Grants Program focuses on the development of sustainable control practices for the small hive beetle. In functional hive experiments, we are evaluating two novel tactics – soil drenches of biopesticides and entomopathogenic nematodes, and in-hive trapping devices deployed alone and in combination. The project investigators are Dan Gruner, Cerruti Hooks, and Galen Dively.
--A 3-year project, funded by USDA, the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, and Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, involves functional colony experiments to examine potential chronic effects of sublethal exposure to imidacloprid on the colony performance and behavior of honey bees. The first is to document and characterize the role of ABC transporters in mediating pesticide sensitivity and pesticide interactions in honey bees.
Assessing Toxin Risks To Honey Bees: Efflux Transporter Mediated Toxin Interactions
--Adverse effects of pesticides on honey bees may be due to toxins at very low concentrations causing chronic-sublethal effects or combinations of toxins causing adverse synergistic effects. This project documents and characterizes the role of ABC transporters in mediating pesticide sensitivity and pesticide interactions in honey bees. The project investigators are David Hawthorne and Galen Dively.