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Department of Entomology


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Mission: Teaching, Research, Extension 

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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 biodiversity
  • 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.  


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