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Collman helped start program 40 years ago

  Entomologist Sharon Collman looks at the bugs she found under a rock near the WSU Snohomish County Extension office during a recent bug hunt. (Photo by Mark Mulligan, Everett Herald)     By Andrea Brown, Everett Herald   EVERETT, Wash. – Sharon Collman isn’t afraid of bugs. She’s afraid of not having enough bugs. […]

Replacing chemical fumigation of fruit with low pressure

PULLMAN – Fruit consumers and growers will be delighted if Shaojin Wang, a WSU assistant research professor of biological systems engineering, can achieve his research goal. Wang is pursuing a method that could replace the chemical fumigation of apples and cherries grown in Washington with simple low-pressure treatments. Low-pressure storage technology changes the normal composition of air, creating an environment inhospitable […]

This time, you get to bite the bug

Mealworm tacos and cricket chili are among the delicacies that students in Washington State University entomology Professor Richard Zack‘s “Insects and People” class will dish up Friday, Nov. 4.From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Cascade Room of the Compton Union Building, Zack’s students will sample and serve a variety of foods that have […]

Virgin Palouse Prairie serves as insect refuge

PULLMAN — A 30-plus-acre slope near here may be one of the last, best chances to understand the insect world of the pre-agriculture Palouse Prairie, according to Richard Zack, Washington State University entomology professor .He and graduate student Jessica Thompson of Chico, Calif., are conducting research on the plot this summer to determine how the […]

Bugs serve as baseline in homeland security effort

As university insect collections are dismantled nationwide in response to budgetcuts and restructuring, the M.T. James entomological collection at Washington State University continues to grow in local and national importance, according to Entomology Chair John Brown. “There are no immediate threats to the department or insect collection,” said Brown. “With over 1,400 visitors per year, […]