Public Release:  Hundreds of insect scientists migrating to Rapid City this week

Nearly 300 entomologists will meet June 16-19, 2013, at the Best Western Ramkota Rapid City Hotel & Conference Center in Rapid City, S.D., as the Entomological Society of America's North Central Branch holds its 68th Annual Meeting

Entomological Society of America

Nearly 300 entomologists will meet June 16-19, 2013 at the Best Western Ramkota Rapid City Hotel & Conference Center in Rapid City, South Dakota as the Entomological Society of America's North Central Branch holds its 68th Annual Meeting.

Topics of discusssion will include:

  • Forests pests, such as the mountain pine beetle and the emerald ash borer

  • Agricultural insect pests such as the western corn rootworm, the soybean aphid, and the twospotted spider mites

  • Urban insect pests, such as bed bugs and termites

  • Insect pollinators, such as honey bees

  • Biological control (using insects to manage other insects) with lady beetles, parasitic wasps, and other insects

  • Genetically-modified, insect-resistant crops such as corn and soybeans

  • Medically important insects such as ticks and mosquitoes

  • Integrated Pest Management

  • Insect Behavior

In addition, the meeting will feature the Linnaean Games, where university student teams compete against each other in a test of insect knowledge, plus an Insect Photo Salon, a Career Center, an Awards Ceremony, student competitions, and social events.

Members of the media who would like a press pass should contact Richard Levine at 301-731-4535, ext 3009 or rlevine@entsoc.org.

For more information visit http://www.entsoc.org/northcentral/2013-north-central-branch-annual-meeting

The Full Program is available at http://www.entsoc.org/PDF/NCB/AnnualMeeting/NCBESA2013Program5.28.13.pdf

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The Entomological Society of America is the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines. Founded in 1889, ESA today has more than 6,500 members affiliated with educational institutions, health agencies, private industry, and government. Members are researchers, teachers, extension service personnel, administrators, marketing representatives, research technicians, consultants, students, and hobbyists. For more information, visit http://www.entsoc.org.

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