Integrated Agricultural Pest Management


Integrated agricultural pest management is a traditional strength of the Department. The Entomology faculty has remained extremely active in the generation and dissemination of commodity-related research. Research advances have included identification of insect growth regulators and other pesticides with minimal non-target effects, evaluation of optimal timing and dosage of pesticide application, evaluation of alternative control methods (including insect-resistant crop varieties, biological control agents, and elimination of overwintering habitats), identification of molecular mechanisms of insecticide-resistance in various insect species, development of non-GMO refuge strategies to delay resistance development, evaluation of establishment and dispersal rate of biological control agents, and precision agriculture techniques using GIS methods to target management to critical areas. Commodity-related research within the Department of Entomology has been extended to growers in more than 100 presentations per year at meetings attended by growers, consultants, and representatives of the agrochemical industry. The breadth of graduate training in agricultural pest management research has been increased through collaboration with scientists at other universities and institutions. At present, 17 faculty (including 13 Graduate Faculty members) are involved in this program area.

Relevant Courses

  • ENTM 4001 - Household and Structural Entomology
  • ENTM 4002 - Insect Biology (cross listed w BIOL)
  • ENTM 4006 - Fundamentals of Applied Entomology
  • ENTM 4012 - Fundamentals of Horticultural Entomology
  • ENTM 4016 - Introduction to Insect Physiology
  • ENTM 4018 - Forest Insects and Diseases
  • ENTM 4040 - Insect Ecology
  • ENTM 7001 - General Entomology
  • ENTM 7002 - Plant Resistance to Arthropods
  • ENTM 7006 - Advanced IPM
  • ENTM 7008 - Special Topics in Entomology
  • ENTM 7015 - Insect Pathology and Biological Control
  • ENTM 7017 - Introduction to Insecticide Toxicology


Jeff Davis
Soybean IPM

Rodrigo Diaz
Invasive species ecology and biological control

Lane Foil
IPM of insects affecting livestock

Kristen Healy
Mosquito IPM

Fangneng Huang
Grain crop pest management

James Ottea
Insect IPM, cotton entomology

Gene Reagan
Sugarcane insect IPM

Michael Stout
Forage crop IPM

Qian Sun 
Urban entomology, termites, ants

Daniel Swale 
Insect physiology, mosquitoes, ticks, bees

Blake Wilson  
Rice and sugarcane pests, insecticides