Rutgers Office for Research brought together scientists and experts to form relationships and collaborate on efforts to improve issues affecting the interconnectedness of humans, animals, and the environment A group of scientists, experts, and representatives from New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, and West Virginia convened for a mid-Atlantic Regional One Health Consortium Conference at Rutgers […]
Rutgers Launches Citizen-Led Project to Combat Tick-Borne Diseases
The Center for Vector Biology (CVB), part of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, launched New Jersey Ticks 4 Science!, a citizen-led science project supported by the state that asks New Jerseyans to submit tick specimens they find to help track tick populations and help prevent tick-borne illness. “The purpose of the effort […]
Alvaro Toledo Among Faculty Awarded Rutgers Global Seed Grant for Projects Addressing Health Inequities
Alvaro Toledo, assistant professor in the Department of Entomology, is the recipient of a Global Health Seed Grant awarded by the Rutgers Global Health Institute. The project, “Ectoparasites and Diseases of Poverty in Low-Income Urban Communities,” is funded by Rutgers Global, the institute’s partner in awarding seed grants, for implementation during the 2022–2023 academic year. […]
Entomology Graduate Program Scores Prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowships
Grayson Tung and Zoe Narvaez, doctoral students in the Graduate Program in Entomology, were named fellows of the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited […]
Rutgers Inspires Establishment of New Jersey One Health Task Force
New Jersey is the first state to legislate a task force to fight disease transmission from animals to people The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for scientists to address how humans, animals and the environment affect each other and to develop protocols to stop diseases from transmitting from animals to humans. Last month, New […]
Can You Garden Mosquitoes Away?
By Nicole E. Wagner, Senior Research Technician; Grayson A. Tung, doctoral student; and Dina M. Fonseca, Director, Rutgers Center for Vector Biology With longer days and warmer temperatures returning, many of us look forward to spending time in our gardens tending to flowers and anticipating the taste of fresh produce. But one thing gardeners do […]
Bat Tick Found for the First Time in New Jersey
A tick species associated with bats has been reported for the first time in New Jersey and could pose health risks to people, pets and livestock, according to a Rutgers-led study in the Journal of Medical Entomology. This species (Carios kelleyi) is a “soft” tick. Deer ticks, which carry Lyme disease, are an example of “hard” ticks. […]
Where Did the Asian Longhorned Ticks in the U.S. Come From?
The invasive population of Asian longhorned ticks in the United States likely began with three or more self-cloning females from northeastern Asia, according to a Rutgers-led study. Asian longhorned ticks outside the U.S. can carry debilitating diseases. In the United States and elsewhere, they can threaten livestock and pets. The new study, published in the […]
“Killer” Hornet NOT Found in the Northeastern U.S.
Although media reports have triggered panic over the Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia), there are no reports this pest is present anywhere else in North America besides the Pacific Northwest. Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) personnel in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources have received inquiries to identify hornets found by the public. In New […]
Message from Chancellor Brian Strom: Taking Action to Prevent Eastern Equine Encephalitis
September 23, 2019 Dear Members of the Rutgers Community: The New Jersey Department of Health has been actively working to spur action from New Jerseyans to take precautions to prevent the spread of Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus (EEEV), a serious and sometimes deadly virus transmitted to people and horses by the bite of […]