The Entomology program conducts research on the biology, behavior and ecology of insect pests and their natural enemies in order to develop economically and environmentally sound management strategies — primarily in sugar beets and potatoes.
Specific interests include:
- Applied behavioral and chemical ecology
- Mating behavior
- Plant-insect interactions
- Biological control
Extension programs deliver research-based information regarding insect pest management to enhance the working knowledge of producers, county educators, crop advisors, master gardeners and other agricultural clientele. Commodity responsibilities for extension efforts include alfalfa, cereals, corn, dry beans, potatoes and sugar beets.