Vegetable Entomology - Szendrei Lab - Michigan State University

  • Szendrei and Ali Labs, Fall 2014

  • Veg Ent logo small

  • Asparagus beetle

  • onion plot setup

  • Nicole seeding

  • Bees on cover crops

  • Onion extension meeting Grant 2015

  • plot maintenance

  • JB trap check

  • Hand weeding

  • Szendrei and Ali Labs, Fall 2014
  • Vegetable Entomology - Michigan State University
  • Cucumber field in Southwest Michigan
  • Asparagus beetle larvae
  • Onion research plot setup
  • Nicole seeding cover crop seeds
  • Bee and hoverfly on mustard flowers
  • Extension meeting, Grant, MI 2015
  • Plot maintenance in Hart, MI
  • Checking a Japanese beetle trap in an asparagus field.
  • Hand weeding flower plots.
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 student awards

Congrats to ESA gradstudent competition 1st prize winners Ari Grode (MS) and Jessica Kansman (former undergrad). Ari won with his poster on onion thrips and leafblight, and Jessica with her 10-min talk on celery leaftier pheromone, the results of her project from our lab.

M.S. Defenses

Congratulations to Jeremy Jubenville and Monica Hufnagel for successfully defending their M.S. theses this month. Jeremy’s research focused on the spatiotemporal distribution of insects in and around celery fields and Monica’s thesis work was on the relationship between Colorado potato beetles and wild potato species.

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.

Department of Entomology
288 Farm Lane
243 Natural Science Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824
Phone 517-355-4633
Fax 517-432-7061

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109 Agriculture Hall
East Lansing, Michigan 48824


Dr. Zsofia Szendrei (
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