Entomology

Department web site: http://entomology.uark.edu/

The central theme for much of the research conducted by the Department of Entomology is integrated pest management. Entomology is among the most important of agricultural and biological sciences. Insects comprise the majority of all species on earth and have a major impact on human society, agriculture and both natural and managed ecosystems. Insects are formidable adversaries vectoring human, animal and plant diseases, consuming our food and fiber, and causing annoyance and misery to humanity. Insects are also indispensable custodians of our planet, providing natural control of pest populations, pollination, seed dispersal and decomposition services, without which life as we know it would collapse. To sustain a rapidly growing world population, continued improvement of agricultural production is arguably among the most important of human activities.
 
The Department of Entomology takes advantage of the expertise of a diverse faculty to integrate behavioral, ecological, physiological, chemical, quantitative and phylogenetic approaches to elucidate insect biology and to design optimal pest management strategies. The faculty share a vision to expand the knowledge of insect biology for the greater benefit of Arkansas, the nation and the world. The goals of this shared vision, encompassed through education, research and outreach are: optimizing production of a safe and stable supply of food and fiber; minimizing environmental risks associated with pesticides; reducing arthropod borne diseases and annoyances to man and animals; and extending knowledge to students and the public concerning the role and impact of insects in our biosphere. 
 
Faculty members publish research results in a variety of referred journals as well as proceedings, trade journals and the popular press. Faculty members serve on the editorial boards of professionals journals and peer review panels for various granting agencies. Faculty members are also active in national and regional professional society research meetings as well as commodity group workshops.
 
Field research is conducted at Research and Extension Centers and Branch Experiment Stations throughout the state.