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Department of Entomology

Researchers alter mosquito genome with goal of controlling disease

Drs. Adelman and Myles used a gene disruption technique to effect this change.

    genetically altered eye color in mosquitos

Researchers alter mosquito genome with goal of controlling disease

Drs. Adelman and Myles used a gene disruption technique to effect this change.

    genetically altered eye color in mosquitos

Infestation of stink bugs continues to spread across state

In the 12 years since brown marmorated stink bugs were discovered in Allentown, Pa., the voracious insect has made a slow and steady march toward Virginia.

   

Infestation of stink bugs continues to spread across state

Bed bug insecticide resistance mechanisms identified

A research team at Virginia Tech has discovered some of the genetic mechanisms for the bed bug's resistance to two of the most popular pyrethroids.

   

Bed bug insecticide resistance mechanisms identified

    Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
    Student in a lab
    Students working with bees
    Student in a lab
    student with a net in a field

 

The department has three major focus areas:

  • Biomedical research, with emphasis on insect genomics and urban/public health. This includes mosquito biology and vector control as it affects urban and public health and human and animal disease.

  • Natural/Agro Ecosystems Research, with emphasis on Integrated Pest Management/Biological Control of pest problems, and environmental monitoring and protection. It includes: 
    • IPM/biological control of commodity pests such as horticultural, field and forage crops, forest and Christmas tree, household and structural pests
    • Monitoring and protection of the environment.

  • Urban Entomology and Pesticide Safety Education, are extension/outreach programs with special emphasis on Virginia School Integrated Pest Management, IPM in public housing, protecting human health and the environment through pesticide safety education, and working with stakeholders to maintain viable and balanced IPM practices through pesticide regulatory compliance and assessment.

What's That Bug?

Want to know more about the insect you found?
Check out these fact sheets from our Insect ID Lab.


Hokie Bugfest

The fourth annual Hokie BugFest will be held October 11, 10am to 5pm at the Inn at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg. This free, family-friendly festival will feature a live Bug Zoo, a haunted Bug House, luminescent bugs, games, crafts, eye-catching exhibits and a visit from HokieBird. For more details and a schedule of events, go to http://www.hokiebugfest.org..

Department Tours

Would you like to bring your school group to Entomology? We offer a one hour outreach program.  Contact us to schedule.


Alwood Society

The W.B. Alwood Society is our graduate student group, providing social and athletic outlets for our students as well as community outreach and support.


Photo Credit

Many of the insect photographs on this site were taken by VT Entomology alumna Theresa Dellinger. A full listing is available here.