Vegetable Entomology - Szendrei Lab - Michigan State University

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  • Asparagus beetle

  • onion plot setup

  • Onion extension meeting Grant 2015

  • plot maintenance

  • JB trap check

  • Hand weeding

  • Szendrei Lab, Spring 2016
  • Vegetable Entomology - Michigan State University
  • Installing a pitfall trap
  • Asparagus beetle larvae
  • Onion research plot setup
  • Extension meeting, Grant, MI 2015
  • Plot maintenance in Hart, MI
  • Checking a Japanese beetle trap in an asparagus field.
  • Hand weeding flower plots.
  • Master Gardener volunteers looking for bees in squash.
  • Squash bees
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.

Winning undergrad poster

Lidia Komondy, MSU entomology undergraduate and URA in the lab, won first prize with her poster at the 2016 University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum. Her poster’s title was “The effect of border habitats on predation of a key pest”. It focused on spider abundance and diversity in and around asparagus fields and their interaction with the asparagus miner. She found that quite a few species of spiders consume the miners and are therefore good biological control agents.

Winning presentation

Congratulations to Ari Grode for winning 3rd place with his 10-min talk in the MSU Plant Science Graduate Student Symposium. His presentation was about the relationship between onion thrips and bacterial leafblight in Michigan onion fields.

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)
517-974-8610
Department of Entomology
Michigan State University
1129 Farm Lane, Room 348
Food Safety and Toxicology Bldg.
East Lansing MI 48824