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Department of Entomology


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Mission: Teaching, Research, Extension ENT Badge

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  • Research Programs to further the fundamental understanding of molecular biology, physiology, genetics, ecology, and evolution.
  • Academic Programs provide instruction at the Undergraduate (major and minor) and Graduate levels (M.S. and Ph.D). Potential Entomology Student Interest Form
  • Extension and Outreach Programs provide non-biased, research-based information to stakeholders to help protect crops, natural resources, structures, and human and animal health. 

Ohio's only university Entomology department
striving to understand the impact of insects in our world

  • for pollination, biological control, and other beneficial services as well as contributing to environmental biodiversityentomology
  • on the sustainable production of our vitally important corn, soybean and wheat industries in Ohio;
  • on the growing and emerging industries of fruit, vegetable, horticultural and specialty crop production, which increases the availability of nutritious foods and food security
  • on disease transmission and the health of animals and humans;
  • on healthy soils and agricultural production across urban and rural communities, and
  • on food systems and how these can be transformed for better resiliency and sustainability

Insect species outnumber all other life forms combined. Although less than 5% are pests, they consume about 20% of the world's crops.
Throughout history, insects have killed more people than war.  Fortunately, many more species of insects are beneficial, helping to control pests and recycle nutrients. 
Without pollination by honey bees and other insects, our diet would have few fruits and vegetables.  


Entomology Personnel

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Land Acknowledgement

We would like to acknowledge the land that The Ohio State University occupies is the ancestral and contemporary territory of the Shawnee, Potawatomi, Delaware, Miami, Peoria, Seneca, Wyandotte, Ojibwe and many other Indigenous peoples. Specifically, the university resides on land ceded in the 1795 Treaty of Greeneville and the forced removal of tribes through the Indian Removal Act of 1830. As a land grant institution, we want to honor the resiliency of these tribal nations and recognize the historical contexts that have and continue to affect the Indigenous peoples of this land.