K-State Entomological Priorities
The Department of Entomology has an internationally recognized graduate program, leading to the M.S. or Ph.D. degree. A wide variety of opportunities for graduate study are offered in several areas of research in which the faculty have established expertise. These areas are based in four core areas of research:
- Fundamental Insect Science - classical studies in entomology, including biological processes, systematics and taxonomy, chemical ecology, insect behavior and toxicology.
- Safe & Sustainable Food production - research incorporating alternative management strategies in field crops, including IPM, transgenic and biorational pest management options, GMOs and host-arthropod interactions.
- Food Safety, Public & Animal Health - management of arthropods affecting animal and human health, post-harvest pest control and biology of insect vectored plant, animal and human diseases
- Environmental Stewardship - the impact of agricultural practices on insect biodiversity including non-target effects, ecological factors on invasive species, animal and plant waste management and toxicogenomics.
Cooperative research programs exist with the KSU Departments of Animal Sciences; Agronomy; Biochemistry; Grain Science and Industry; Plant Pathology; Horticulture, Forestry and Recreational Resources; the Wheat Genetics Resource Center; the College of Veterinary Medicine; the U. S. Grain Marketing Research Laboratory, and other U.S. and international organizations.