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:



John Couture
Insect Chemical Ecology
Laramy Enders
Insect Microbiomes
Matthew Ginzel
Forest entomology; chemical ecology of wood-boring beetles
Christian KrupkeIntegrated management of field crop pests
Douglas RichmondTurfgrass entomology and applied ecology
Cliff SadofBiological control of pests of ornamental plants in landscapes
Ian KaplanEcology of herbivores and natural enemies on specialty crops
Shubha SubramanyamPlant-insect interactions

Department of Entomology, 901 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907 USA, (765) 494-4554

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