Vegetable Entomology - Szendrei Lab - Michigan State University

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  • Asparagus beetle

  • onion plot setup

  • Bees on cover crops

  • Onion extension meeting Grant 2015

  • plot maintenance

  • JB trap check

  • Hand weeding

  • Szendrei Lab, Spring 2016
  • Vegetable Entomology - Michigan State University
  • Cucumber field in Southwest Michigan
  • Asparagus beetle larvae
  • Onion research plot setup
  • 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.
  • Szendrei Lab, Spring 2017
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.

Field plots – April 11, 2010

The whereabouts of asparagus, carrot, potato and cabbage field research plots is starting to take shape. Planting and seeding of all these crops will soon begin with full force.  Our field plot at the Collins Road research farm is now ready for the plow – thanks for the cleaning efforts of Adam, Pete, Anna and Meghan. While working out there in the rain, we got 2 lab trucks stuck in the mud…we are waiting for the sun to come out…any minute now.

Lab renovation update – April 11, 2010

We are moving in! Finally all the renovation is done, physical plant left the lab, and all we have to do now is to fill our beautiful new drawers and cabinets with stuff that has been stored away during the renovation. Just in time for the field season…Photos will be updated once we have completely moved in and installed new equipment. Stay tuned.

Graduate student positions available – March 17, 2010

1. I have funding to support graduate research assistantships for two students at the MS or PhD level to study the ecology of insects in agricultural systems with a focus on insect-plant interactions, biological control and chemical ecology. Research directions that fall within the realm of any of these areas are encouraged.  Ideal students should be highly enthusiastic and interested in working at the interface of ecology, entomology, and agriculture.

2. A graduate student position at the PhD level is available to research the molecular genetics of Colorado potato beetles. Previous experience with molecular methods and bioinformatics is highly desirable.

All positions come with a stipend, full tuition waiver, and benefits package including health insurance. Preferred start date is Summer or Fall 2010, although this may be flexible depending on the circumstances.

Interested individuals should contact me via email ( to discuss their background, qualifications, and research interests.

Lab renovation update – March 12, 2010

The lab renovation is coming along nicely, and will be completed in the next two weeks. The new counters are already in place and some of the plumbing and carpentry work is done. The electrician is currently working his magic. Anyone with a desire to paint is welcome to help us with the lab walls, we have our work cut out for us!

Our laboratory consists of Rooms 447, 448, and 453 in the Natural Science Building and major renovation in all of these rooms will consist of replacing all of the benches, providing new electric grid, new sinks, and painting. We expect that the work will be completed by the end of March 2010.

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

MSU AgBioResearch

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