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.

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

Rufus Isaacs joins $5.4 million effort to develop systems-based integrated management programs of the invasive spotted wing Drosophila, a major pest of fruit https://t.co/2G6EmdFRga #SpartanInsects #SpartansWill

EXTREMELY excited & proud to announce: I am transitioning to a PhD in the @IsaacsLab ‼️

There are SO many things to uncover on the impacts of extreme heat on blueberry plants & their pollinators. I couldn’t pick a better lab or group of people to explore these questions with 🐝

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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