International Programs Overview

The Department recognizes its unique opportunity and leadership responsibility in the globalization of entomological research, technology transfer, and education. We are committed to international development and cooperation to help solve problems, build on knowledge bases, and increase capacity to address and deal with pest and production issues. Our ultimate objective is to improve the economic status and opportunities, and enhance the level of health of individuals and communities in the developing world. Most of our international activities fall into one of the following broad areas:

  • Integrated pest management
  • Application of biotechnology
  • IPM and rural development
  • Market-driven implementation/technology transfer

Our objective is to become a leading science-based resource center focused on integrating and transferring pest management technologies into crop development objectives in both public and private sector institutions overseas. These efforts are supported by a number of national and international programs e.g. FAO, NRI, NSF, Rockefeller, and USAID.

IPM Globalization and Economic Development
Engineering Novel Sources of Insect Resistance
Insect Functional Genomics and Proteomics
Honey Bee Behavioral Genetics
Biological Control Research & Education
Invasive Species & IPM Risk Assessment

Facul​ty & Staff

C. Richard Edwards
Professor, International Crops Pest Management and Food Safety
Jeff Stuart
Professor, Insect and Molecular Genetics
Rick Foster
Professor, Vegetable and Fruit Crops Pest Management; Coordinator, Extension Entomology
Steve Yaninek
Professor and Department Head, Invasion Biology, Biological Control
Greg Hunt
Assistant Professor, Behavioral Genetics and Honey Bee Extension Entomology
Larry Murdock
Professor, Insect Physiology, International Crop Protection

Title Description Contact
Field Crops IPM
The Field Crops IPM Group provides information and conducts research on corn, soybean, alfalfa, and small grain pests (insects, nematodes, plant pathogens, weeds, and vertebrates). Here you will find integrated pest management (IPM) information including identification, biology, sampling, control strategies, and current research conducted on pests in the Midwest as well as abroad.
John Obermeyer

Alternate Contacts:
Larry Bledsoe
Jamal Faghihi
Fruit IPM
Vegetable IPM
The Fruit and Vegetable IPM program is to develop and implement IPM programs in fruit and vegetable crops. Research is conducted to develop sampling methods, economic thresholds, and control tactics, including biological, cultural, and chemical control. Recent work has centered developing alternatives to pesticides for fruit and vegetable growers.

Rick Foster

Honey Bee Behavioral Genetics and Genomics
The Honey Bee Behavioral Genetics and Genomics program is interested in genetic influences on honey bee behavior, and the resistance of bees to parasitic mites. Our lab made detailed maps of the honey bee chromosomes to identify genes that influence honey bee defensive behavior, and other traits. We study the interactions between genes, environment and individuals in a social insect. We also have a breeding program to increase the resistance of bees to Varroa mites.
Greg Hunt

Biological Control
Our research examines basic and applied aspects of the impact of natural enemies on pest dynamics in several crop systems. Our basic research is focused on determining the underlying mechanisms of predator-prey dynamics at the behavioral and population levels. Our applied research includes evaluations of natural enemy efficacy in coltrolling target pests, developing recommendations for using biological control in specific areas, and integrating biological control into IPM systems. Cliff Sadof
Cowpea, originally inconspicuous little plants that crept among the rocks of the dusty southern Sahel in north central Africa, was domesticated thousands of years ago. Today, the genetic descendants of those wild plants are grown, as local or improved cultivars, on tens of millions of small holder farms in the drier zones of Africa, in a great arc from Senegal eastward to Sudan and Somalia and southward to Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mozambique. Two hundred million children, women and men consume cowpea often, even daily when it is available. It is widely know as a crop of the poor. Larry Murdock
Western Corn Rootworm Distribution Maps Western corn rootworm distribution maps for North America and Europe for present and past years. C. Richard Edwards


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