the study of insects and their relationship to humans, the environment, and other organisms
Human health, local and global economies, and sustainable food and water supplies all depend on state-of-the-art knowledge about insects, their integral roles in ecosystems, and their effective management.
Insects 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, recycle nutrients, and pollinate crops.
- Research using insects as model systems to further fundamental understanding of molecular biology, physiology, genetics, ecology, and evolution.
- Teaching important critical thinking skills through undergraduate degrees (major and minor) and graduate degrees (masters and Ph.D)
- Reaching out to our stakeholders with our extension and outreach educational programs to provide non-biased, research-based information to help protect crops, natural resources, structures, and human and animal health.
Entomology IS Investigating the impact of insects
- Pollination, biological control, and other beneficial services as well as contributing to environmental biodiversity
- Sustainable production of our vitally important corn, soybean and wheat industries in Ohio;
- Growing and emerging industries of fruit, vegetable, horticultural and specialty crop production, which increases the availability of nutritious foods and food security
- Disease transmission and the health of animals and humans;
- Healthy soils and agricultural production across urban and rural communities, and
- Food systems and how these can be transformed for better resiliency and sustainability