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Poster: Thelytoky cured with antibiotics

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 11:47

Hyperparasitoids on soybean aphids in North America: thelytoky in the hyperparasitoid Alloxysta brevis cured with antibiotics, by J.S. Dregni, A. Casiraghi, M. Ferrer-Suay, G.E. Heimpel. Presented to the Entomological Society of America, 2019.

Poster: Hyperparasitoids in North American soybean fields.

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 14:15

Parasitoids in North American soybean fields: the effect of neonicotinoid seed treatments and hyperparasitism on soybean aphid biological control, by J.S. Dregni, M. Ferrer-Suay, K, Welch, J.M. Kaser, and G.E. Heimpel. Presented to the Entomological Society of America, 2018.

IPM Podcast Series for Field Crops: When Insects Take Care of the Pest Control for Us

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 20:14

As part of the IPM Podcast series, Anthony Hanson interviewed George, Jonathan, and Carl on the effectiveness of the parasitoid Aphelinus certus in the biological control of soybean aphid. Biological control can be an essential part of integrated pest management, and we may be able to find ag-practices that increase aphid control by this parasitoid. We reported low aphid numbers in the 2019 growing season, with A. certus tracking the aphid even at low densities.

2017 Publications

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 15:02
Conura

The Heimpel lab published the following three papers during 2017 in addition to the two Philornis papers described below. 

Balancing selection maintains sex determining alleles in multiple‐locus complementary sex determination
Weis et al. 2017 Evolution

Host specificity of Aphelinus species collected from soybean aphid in Asia
Hopper et al. 2017 Biological Control

Invasive Parasites and the Fate of Darwin's Finches in the Galapagos Islands: The Case of the Vegetarian Finch (Platyspiza crassirostris)
Heimpel et al. 2017 Wilson Journal of Ornithology

Two new papers on Philornis parasitoids

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 14:57
Conura annulifera.

Two new papers on Philornis parasitoids are now published! In the first, we report the discovery of Brachymeria philornisae (a species new to science) attacking Philornis trinitensis in Tobago and in the other we report lab and field data on the Philornis specialist Conura annulifera from mainland Ecuador.

Natural History Award

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 13:29

James Miksanek received a Natural History Award funded by the McKinney Fellowship from the Bell Museum of Natural History. This generous award will support fieldwork investigating the non-target effects of an introduced parasitoid wasp on aphids in Minnesota prairie ecosystems.

Dr. Matt O'Neal visits from Iowa State University

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 02:15
Kelton Welch, James Miksanek, Becky Boulton, Matt O'Neal, George Heimpel, and Jonathan Dregni.

Dr. Matt O'Neal presented a great seminar to the Entomology Department on pollinator conservation, and visited our lab. We had a relaxing evening at the Loring Pasta Bar, with good conversation and excellent live music.