Support the Department of Entomology
The Department of Entomology in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has a mission to “enrich the UNL campus by strengthening research, teaching and extension/outreach programs to best meet the needs of Nebraska, and to be known regionally, nationally and internationally for entomology expertise.” Because of the climatic and agricultural diversity across the state, extensive efforts are expended on developing improved management thresholds
and providing new information on new pest species, insecticide resistance, new management tools, and resistance management affecting the crops produced in Nebraska. New information on termite management is both developed and delivered to clientele and the apiculture program covers a multi-state area and serves both the professional and hobbyist beekeepers. Development and delivery of new information on mite management has also been an essential service to the bee industry in the state and region. The annual Master Beekeeper program consistently attracts a multi-state audience. The Turf Intergrated Pest Management (IPM) program provides essential research-based entomological information to professional turfgrass managers and the general public. Emphasis is on the promotion of effective and environmentally responsible IPM strategies for the insects and mites affecting turfgrasses in Nebraska and beyond.
The department offers undergraduate degrees in Insect Science and Forensic Science and graduate degrees in Entomology. The department is primarily located in Entomology Hall (renamed from the Plant Industry Building in 2008). Three labs, office and teaching space, and a growth chamber room are located in Biochemistry Hall. Some of the space in Biochemistry Hall is prioritized to support the Forensic Science program and the USDA-ARS entomology groups lab space. The Insectary Building contains offices and small labs used by the urban entomology project and USDA to support livestock entomology projects. Growth chambers in the building are used to rear flies and insects of urban importance. UNL has a system of off-campus research and extension centers and other research facilities located across the state to be able to conduct research appropriate to the diverse environments and cropping systems across the state. The Department of Entomology has active programs in field crops IPM, turfgrass/landscape IPM, urban entomology, forensic taphonomy, and apiculture at the University of Nebraska Agricultural Research and Development Center (ARDC) facilities in Mead.