EPP is excited to celebrate Black History Month by recognizing the vital role of Black people in U.S. history. We will be sharing historical info, resources, & virtual events all month long! Check our Twitter (@epp_tn) and calendar for updates.
The Forty-seventh Annual Conference of the Tennessee Entomological Society was held on October 9th, 2020. The event kicked off with a student paper competition, graduate and undergraduate. We are pleased to announce that the victors from both categories were from our department! Please give recognition and praise to our hard-working researchers: Graduate Competition 1st Place: Swati Mishra, PhD Student– Characterization of resistance to insecticidal double-stranded RNA in a Colorado potato beetle population 2nd Place: Gary Edwards, MS Student– Distribution of the odorous house ant, Tapinoma sessile, clades in East Tennessee and potential cryptic species status Undergraduate Competition: 1st Place: Marlo Black, EPP undergraduate– The common bed bug, Cimex
Help feed bees so they can help feed us! While Pollinator Week comes to an end for the year, please remember that you can help pollinators every day.
The University of TN, Knoxville was certified as a Bee Campus, USA in March of 2020! To achieve this recognition, UTK has committed to developing a plan to include pollinator habitats on campus and hosting events and learning opportunities to increase awareness about the importance of pollinators
Did you know that one out of every three bites of food has been influenced by animal pollination? Pollinators are involved in the production of healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Additionally, they are also involved in the pollination of some less-commonly known products such as cacao (chocolate), vanilla, agave, and even coffee!
For #NationalPollinatorWeek, we would love to take a moment to bring the spotlight to the poster-child of pollinators:
The European honey bee (Apis mellifera) is not native to North America but has become an integral part of agriculture in the United States. Honey bees are generalists in that they forage on a variety of plant species, including many of the food crops that are also not native to the U.S.
Check out these photos of these hoverflies!
In lieu of National Pollinator Week, we would like to bring chimney bees, a wonderful little pollinator, to the spotlight!
This is a time to recognize and celebrate the diversity of pollinators and what we can do to support them.
Check out all the pictures that were taken at our last outreach experience with 4-H!