Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services, and Climate Change

Biodiversity is important for human well-being including provision of food, fuel, fiber and shelter, purification of air and water, formation of soil, cycling of  nutrients, regulation of pests and diseases, and promotion of stability and resilience in ecosystems. Read more here:

Biological Control of Invasive and Emerging Diseases and Pests

Biological control is the science and practice of using living organisms to manage pests and pathogens.  The department is particularly well recognized for its excellence in biological control of invasive and emerging diseases and pests. Read more here:  

Plant-Microbe, Insect, and Nematode Interactions

Studies on the ecology, genetics, and physiology of plant- microbe, insect, and nematode interactions can reveal important information about the underlying mechanisms of insect feeding, nematode parasitism and pathogen virulence, and plant defenses. Read more here:

Systems Approaches to Sustainable Pest and Disease Management

Single-tactic approaches to pathogen or pest management often fail due to resistance development, government regulations, unintended non-target environmental consequences, and costs. Read more here:

Vector Biology and Ecology

Arthropods and nematodes often serve as vectors of serious diseases of humans (malaria and dengue fever), animals (Anaplasma and Heartwater),
and  plants (Geosmithia morbida, sharka, tristeza, grapevine fan leaf, banana bunchy top).  Read more here: