Vegetable Entomology - Szendrei Lab - Michigan State University

  • Szendrei and Ali Labs, Fall 2014

    Szendrei and Ali Labs, Fall 2014

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  • Cucumber field in Southwest Michigan.

    Cucumber field in Southwest Michigan.

Research in the Vegetable Entomology Lab focuses on the ecology and management of arthropods that occur in vegetable production. Research themes include chemical ecology, biological control, habitat management, and behavioral pest management. The methods we use range all the way from the field to the molecular lab.

ESA Undergraduate Student Achievement Award

Congratulations to Jessica Kansman for winning the Entomology Society of America’s Plant-Insect Ecosystems (PI-E) Section’s Undergraduate Student Achievement Award. The P-IE Undergraduate Student Achievement in Entomology Award recognizes undergraduate students who have demonstrated significant achievements through research, teaching and/or outreach in entomology. As many as four awards may be presented annually. Jessica will receive a waiver of registration to the ESA Meeting, $ 1,500 and a plaque. The awards can be used for travel expenses for participation in the ESA meeting.

New VegEnt Members

Amanda Buchanan has accepted a postdoc position to work on a project jointly funded to Matt Grieshop’s and our lab. Her focus will be on asparagus related experiments this summer.

We also have to new graduate students joining the VegEnt lab; Margie Lund will be starting this June, and will be working on an organic project dealing with the impact of tillage practices and cover crops on insects in agroecosystems. Ari Grode is currently transitioning from undergrad to grad student status and will be working on a project looking at the relationship between onion thrips and a bacterial disease of onions.

NSF Fellowship

Adam Ingrao received the prestigious NSF Graduate Student Fellowship, which will provide funding for his tuition and salary for the next 3 years.

Coincidentally, he found out about this good news on the same day when he successfully defended his PhD thesis proposal and officially became a PhD candidate.

Adam’s PhD research focuses on arthropod predators in Michigan asparagus agroecosystems and asparagus plant volatiles that could be used to manipulate natural enemies.

ESA Meeting 2014

Congratulations to Nicole for winning in the Student Competition for the President’s Prize at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America in Portland, Oregon! Her 10 minute oral presentation was about how different types of tillage and mulches influence insects, such as seed predators, in a squash field.

Vegetable Industry Scholarship

Congratulations to Adam, Jeremy, Nicole and Katie for receiving this year’s Michigan Vegetable Industry Scholarship Award ($1,500 each). The scholarships will be presented during the banquet program at the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO on Dec. 10 in Grand Rapids, MI.

SARE Grad Student Grant

Congratulations to M.S. student Nicole Quinn for receiving Northcentral SARE‘s graduate student grant in support of her research on enhancing pollinators with flowers in cucurbits. The ~$10,000 will go towards undergraduate support in the field season, supplies and travel.

New publications!

Two new publications from the lab are now in press. One is by former Ph.D. student, Rob Morrison; an asparagus beetle profile to be published in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management. The other paper is from work conducted by former M.S. student, Alex Bryant, on biological control of cabbages pests.

Award winners

Congratulations to three current and former lab members for winning entomology department awards that were given out at the spring picnic. The Paul Wooly Award for outstanding total M.S. program went to former student Alex Bryant who is currently a 4H extension agent at the University of Kentucky. The Robert Dreisbach Award for outstanding total Ph.D. program went to Rob Morrison, who also won the 2013 Bughouse Volunteer of the Year award. Jeremy Jubenville won the 2013 Gene Rhodes Thompson Fellowship.

 

 

Winning poster

Congratulations to Katie Demeuse for winning the poster competition at MSU’s Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) in the Agriculture and Animal Science Section. She presented her work on the genetic regulation of insecticide resistance in Colorado potato beetles.

Department of Entomology

http://www.ent.msu.edu
288 Farm Lane
243 Natural Science Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824
Phone 517-355-4633
Fax 517-432-7061

MSU AgBioResearch

109 Agriculture Hall
East Lansing, Michigan 48824
517-355-0123
http://agbioresearch.msu.edu/

Contact

Dr. Zsofia Szendrei (szendrei@msu.edu)
cell: 517-974-8610
fax: 517-432-7061
Vegetable Entomology Lab
Department of Entomology
Michigan State University
1129 Farm Lane, Room 348
Food Safety and Toxicology Bldg.
East Lansing MI 48824