On April 25, faculty, staff, and students attended the 24th annual Celebration of Excellence for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station held at Neilson Dining Hall. According to executive dean Bob Goodman, this signature event acknowledges contributions that meet carefully-considered criteria, including creativity, original work and ideas, […]
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A life surrounded by and living in crap has its benefits – if you’re a dung beetle. That life is also a boon to livestock, us, and our planet. The dung beetle, who spends its days living, eating, and reproducing in poop, is a master at waste management… Today, many entomologists and farmers have high praise for dung beetles. “They are the good guys,” George Hamilton, PhD and chair of the Department of Entomology at Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, said. “We have them here in New Jersey. On farms they aerate and consume decomposing manure. Without them, decomposition wouldn’t happen as quickly as it does now.”
Just as the fierce winter in the eastern and central USA delayed the allergy season, it’s also stalled the start of the bug season. But it won’t be long before warmer temperatures spur on the usual parade of mosquitoes, termites, ants, ticks and stink bugs… Though weather affects when bugs emerge, it doesn’t necessarily affect the severity of the season. “Most people think that the cold winter we had last year and again this year would have a big impact on insect populations,” said entomologist George Hamilton of Rutgers University. Though it may have killed some of the bugs, “overall, it probably isn’t going to have much of an effect,” he said… Warmth and dryness in the West may impact insects that need water to survive, such as mosquitoes, Hamilton said. “Without water, mosquito larvae can’t survive, and that could reduce populations in some areas, at least this spring,” he said.
Each year, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), honors faculty and staff for their outstanding work and outreach through their programs and support. The winners for 2014 received their awards at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Annual Conference at the Cook Campus Center in New Brunswick on October 20. […]
Now in its 21st year, the annual “Celebration of Excellence Awards” honors the individuals and teams who have advanced the mission and vision of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES). This year’s event was a luncheon held on April 24 at the Neilson Dining Hall on […]
The George Hammell Cook Distinguished Alumni Awards and the Dennis M. Fenton Distinguished Graduate Alumni Awards for 2014 have been bestowed on five graduates – three with undergraduate degrees and two with doctoral degrees – by the Cook Community Alumni Association. The winners are Gary Brackett (Cook ’03), Hank Ebert (Cook ’79), George Hamilton (GSNB […]
As National Moth Week gains in popularity as it enters its third year, its Rutgers roots deepen further. The founders of National Moth Week are all tied to Rutgers: naturalist David Moskowitz is completing a Ph.D. in Entomology at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and Liti Haramaty is a marine sciences researcher at Rutgers […]
New Jersey farmers, whether organic or conventional growers, have been introduced to alternative ways to control pests other than chemical pesticides. Rutgers Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program for fruits and vegetables gives farmers the tools they need to keep pests under control, without solely relying on pesticides. View our Rutgers IPM image gallery below and […]
Swarmageddon has arrived. Those red-eyed critters known as cicadas have cropped up all over the Garden State, and while their once-every-17-years emergence has entomologists giddy, unsuspecting New Jerseyans such as Andrea Moore say they’re under siege…
Much as foodies in New Jersey look forward to the first ramps of spring or the arrival of blueberries in midsummer, Thais enjoy predaceous diving beetles in June and a feast of mole crickets and water beetles in December. Come March, it’s open season o…