Entomology Faculty Research

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ARTHUR G. APPEL
Professor
Areas of Interest: Urban entomology, structural pests, insect physiology and behavior.
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HENRY FADAMIRO
Associate Dean for Research; Associate Director, AAES; Alumni Professor
Areas of Interest:
Research: Anthropod behavior, neurobiology, chemical and molecular ecology, and integrated pest management (IPM)
International: Global food security and environmental health
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NATE HARDY
Assistant Professor
Areas of Interest: Insect evolution and systematics, species diversification of plant-feeding insect, phylogenetics.
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DAVID HELD
Associate Professor
Areas of Interest: The ecology and management of phytophagous insects particularly those pest attacking turfgrass and ornamental plants. Research interests include plant-insect interactions, insect behavior, and ecotoxicology.
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XING PING HU
Professor, Extension Specialist
Areas of Interest:
Fundamental Research: Arthropods’ biology, behavior, physiological / chemical ecology, toxicology, molecular immunology and disease transmission.
Applied Research: Developing and advancing Integrated Pest Management (IPM); exploring and evaluating efficacy of new chemicals, formulations, and application methods and alternative IPM tactics.
Pest Groups: Social insects (termites, ants, cockroaches, wasps, etc.); invasive insects (kudzu bugs, etc.), health pests, veterinary pests.
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ALANA JACOBSON
Assistant Professor
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NANNAN LIU
Chair and Endowed Professor
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Plant Pathology Faculty Research

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KIRA BOWEN
Professor
Areas of Interest: Plant disease epidemiology; peanut disease management, including minimization of aflatoxin contamination; also disease management in roses, turf, and small grains.
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JEFFREY COLEMAN
Assistant Professor
Areas of Interest: Host-specific virulence factors and niche colonization traits on supernumerary chromosomes in fungi
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LEONARDO DE LA FUENTE
Associate Professor
Areas of Interest: The research conducted in my laboratory focuses on the interactions between plant and associated bacteria. I am especially interested in plant pathogenic bacteria in aspects such as infection processes, host colonization, biofilm formation and molecular interactions. Questions about the biology of the pathogenic bacteria are being studied using microbiology and molecular biology techniques, as well as nanotechnology.
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JOSEPH W. KLOEPPER
Professor
Areas of Interest: Research has been directed at basic and applied aspects of using beneficial bacteria as microbial inoculants to promote plant growth and provide biological disease control. This work has emphasized PGPR (plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria) and endophytic bacteria. Fields of investigation include microbial ecology, plant and microbial physiology, effects on several pathogens, delivery systems, and mechanisms of biological control. Greenhouse and field evaluations are conducted annually to provide biological support for more basic investigations. Crop systems used currently in this work include cotton, tomato, and cucumber. Pathogens used in these studies include Pythium ultimum, Rhizoctonia solani, Fusarium oxysporum, Pseudomonas syringae pv. lachrymans, Colletotrichum orbiculare, Erwinia tracheiphila, and cucumber mosaic virus. Mechanism of action work includes transcriptional and translational changes in plants.
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KATHY LAWRENCE
Professor
Areas of Interest: Soil borne and foliar fungal diseases of field crops, vegetables and ornamentals with emphasis on nematode and fungal pathogen interactions and host-pathogen relationships in the natural environment.
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JOHN F. MURPHY
Professor
Areas of Interest: Plant Virology. Studies focus on the nature of virus intra-plant movement and resistance to virus infection, development of management strategies for insect-borne viruses and plant virus ecology.
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SANG WOOK PARK
Assistant Professor
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EDWARD J. SIKORA
Professor and Extension Plant Pathologist
Areas of Interest: I have a 100% extension appointment with responsibilities for soybeans, vegetables, tree fruit, small fruit and nut (pecan) crops in both commercial and home garden production. My program emphasis is directed at developing, evaluating, demonstrating and implementing Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices in commercial production systems. In recent years my program has focused on monitoring and management of Soybean Rust.
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