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:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia Ferris Applied nematology and molecular systematics and phylogenetics of nematodes and insects
Matthew Ginzel Forest entomology; chemical ecology of wood-boring beetles
Christian Krupke Integrated management of field crop pests
Larry Murdock Biochemistry, physiology and molecular biology of stored grain pests
Douglas Richmond Turfgrass entomology and applied ecology
Cliff Sadof Biological control of pests of ornamental plants in landscapes
Brandon Schemerhorn Population genetics of Hessian fly
Richard Shukle Functional genomics of Hessian fly
Jeffrey Stuart Insect molecular genetics and genomics
Christie Williams Molecular genetic basis of resistance in wheat to the Hessian fly
Ian Kaplan Ecology of herbivores and natural enemies on specialty crops
 

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