Mission & History


Our mission is to provide entomological knowledge for a safe, sustainable, and competitive food, feed, and fiber systems through integrated research and education. To accomplish this, we generate fundamental information for the advancement of science and for applied uses, and we maintain a stakeholder/clientele driven focus to research, extension, and teaching activities. We train students for professions in education, government, business and industry and disseminate useful and unbiased information through publications, teaching, and service.

Our current research programs run from applied to molecular, utilizing state of the art research facilities. Classrooms and teaching laboratories have been renovated and utilize multimedia tools. Facilities include 22 greenhouses of various sizes, bioclimatic chambers, and rearing rooms.

Field research is conducted on experimental farms at Manhattan and at branch experiment stations throughout the state. Cooperative research programs exist with the KSU Departments of Animal Science and Industry; Agronomy; Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics; Grain Science and Industry; Plant Pathology; Horticulture, Forestry and Recreational Resources; the Wheat Genetics Resource Center; the College of Veterinary Medicine; the Center for Grain and Animal Health Research (CGAHR), the Ecological Genomics Institute and other U.S. and international organizations.

The department offers excellent outreach opportunities through its award winning and unique Insect Zoo, located in the Kansas State University Gardens.