A new year, another cooooooold start to January. Be on the lookout for press updates, but also send us your questions! What would you like to know about insect overwintering?
Well, the busy season is upon us! At the moment, most of our Salt contributors are in Portland, OR, for the national Entomological Society of America meeting. After Thanksgiving, we should have some updates on what everyone is working on this winter, and some updates to contributor profiles and publications.
With all this cold weather, communities in Minnesota have been asking if current emerald ash borer management practices should be adjusted. Rob, Lindsey, and Mark Abrahamson from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture have released management recommendations, available through the Northern Research Station of the US Forest Service.
Another round of cold temps and snow are hitting a big chunk of the country. Check out our fact sheet to see how some insects are faring: Tough Buggers: Insect strategies to survive winter in Minnesota.
And those of us in the Salt Institute are knee deep in research and interviews. The polar vortex has been making Minnesota colder than normal, and lots of news outlets have become very interested in our work. Dr. Venette and I (Lindsey) were featured in a MyFox9 report on how emerald ash borer might be affected by this extreme cold snap.
One correction to the video: I don’t actually take the larvae outside to freeze them. Not sure where he got that idea, but it was a pretty rushed interview.
Be on the lookout for more interviews in the next week!
Update 1/9/2014: We made the front page of the Star Tribune! Rob and I (Lindsey, again) are featured, and the web article includes a video.