• Asparagus beetle larvae

    Asparagus beetle larvae

  • Checking a pitfall trap

    Checking a pitfall trap

  • Spreading mulch

    Spreading mulch

  • Heatwave cages in potato

    Heatwave cages in potato

  • Squash bee nectar feeding

  • Honey bee hives near cucumber fields

Research in the Vegetable Entomology Lab focuses on the ecology and management of arthropods that occur in vegetable production. We are interested in pollination, chemical ecology, biological control, habitat management, insect transmitted plant diseases and behavioral pest management.

⁦@susta1nabeelity⁩ teaching grad students at the lab meeting about #ecological concepts such as species identity effects, complementarity and facilitation. So much fun! ⁦@MSUEntomology⁩ #productivemeetings #postdocs #ecology

In the 'Scientific Communication' grad seminar I was once again reminded that "As a scientist, you are a professional writer" (J. Schimel)...with 280 characters and emojis we seek new and creative ways to communicate science.✍️🐝🐛🦋🐞🐜🦗🕷️🦟

Thanks to all of our wonderful summer #research assistants for another great field season!! It was super having you in the lab and we wish you the best as you move onto other great adventures! @msuentomology #msuresearch #spartansummer

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Featured project

As part of a USDA Organic Research and Extension Initiative funded grant on organic cucurbit (squash, melon, cucumber, gourds, etc.) management we are conducting a citizen science project to survey bees in cucurbit flowers. Our goal is to better understand cucurbit pollination, in particular we are interested in the role of squash bees and the impact of farm management practices on them.

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

Vegetable Entomology Lab
Department of Entomology
Michigan State University
1129 Farm Lane, Room 348
Food Safety and Toxicology Bldg.
East Lansing MI 48824