Semiochemicals in IPM

Gaschromatograph in our lab.
Headspace collection setup in the vegetable entomology lab.

We are exploring the role of volatiles, either plant or insect derived, in pest management. Using baits in traps is essential in most pest management programs to effectively time control measures. We take air samples from the headspace of plants and/or insects and analyze them to determine their chemical composition. Following this, we conduct behavioral essays where the response of the insect to different volatiles is determined. Once behaviorally active compounds are identified, field tests are carried out with a lure and trap. The results ideally lead to commercially viable lures and traps that growers may use for their everyday decision-making.




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