Host Plant Insect/Nematode Interactions

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Purdue Entomology has a long history of nationally and internationally recognized research in the arena of insect/nematode interactions with host plants. Starting with basic field biology and Hessian fly in the 19th century, our portfolio has expanded over the years to include other insect and nematode pests, and has evolved to incorporate molecular capabilities in our investigations. Today, the department has a critical mass of researchers utilizing genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics to discover the genes and their functions that mitigate pest plant interactions. The research interests of our faculty in this area are as follows:


Insect Chemical Ecology

Insect Microbiomes

Forest entomology; chemical ecology of wood-boring beetles

Integrated management of field crop pests

Turfgrass entomology and applied ecology

Biological control of pests of ornamental plants in landscapes

Ecology of herbivores and natural enemies on specialty crops

Plant-insect interactions