We focus on the biology and management of economically important insects. This includes invasive pests such as spotted wing Drosophila, and native pests such as blueberry stem gall wasp. Pollination is also critical for production of most berry crops, and we are investigating the ecology and management of wild bees and honey bees, and developing Integrated Crop Pollination strategies for sustainable fruit production. We conduct evaluations of insecticide efficacy in laboratory, greenhouse, research station, and farm settings to guide our IPM recommendations for berry crop growers.

Congrats to @kelsey_k_graham on her new 🐝job, starting this week as a Research Entomologist with the USDA Pollinating Insects Research Unit in Utah. At Sunday's goodbye hike, she received this beautiful calligraphy by fellow postdoc Dr. Hubhachen, wishing a long & peaceful life.

After a bazillion Zoom calls, it feels great to get out with Jackie, Henry, and Dalton this week to sample some sunny blueberry farms.

Those at #EntSoc20 interested in pesticide exposure for managed #bees during #pollination, check out my talk - "Variable pesticide exposure in pollen collected by honey bees and bumble bees during blueberry bloom: risk from crop and non-crop sources" https://t.co/xse50FFbl1

Wildflower plantings on fruit farms provide pollen resources and increase nesting by stem nesting bees: @kelsey_k_graham @msuberrybugs @entojen @peakeale @ukulelebee @IsaacsLab @MSUEntomology https://t.co/0IoppnLBix #pollinators

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Department of Entomology

288 Farm Lane
243 Natural Science Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824
Phone 517-355-4633
Fax 517-432-7061

Dr. Rufus Isaacs

Berry Crops Entomology Lab
Department of Entomology
Michigan State University
578 Wilson Rd, Room 202
Center for Integrated Plant Systems
East Lansing MI 48824