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Virgin Palouse Prairie serves as insect refuge
June 24, 2005

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 insect population — especially the moth population — there differs from the insect population in surrounding agricultural areas.“The question is: Does it still maintain an insect fauna that probably would have been common throughout the area before we started farming here? The insects aren’t necessarily rare everywhere, but they are … » More …

Bugs serve as baseline in homeland security effort
September 19, 2003

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, the collection is considered one of the biggest regional outreach efforts at WSU.” This is in contrast to regional changes such as the dissolution of the Department of Entomology at Oregon State University in July 2003 and the merging of University of Idaho’s Entomology Department into Plant, Soils and Entomological Sciences … » More …