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Our lab works on ecological, behavioral and evolutionary questions related to arthropod pests of vegetables. Ultimately our goal is to provide vegetable growers with new and improved integrated pest management tools and to help implement those in their production practices. At the same time we also aim to gain a basic understanding of the processes involved, such as trophic interactions in agroecosystems, chemical ecology of insect-plant interactions and evolution of resistance traits. The experimental methods we use vary widely in scale from molecular, bench-top to greenhouse tests, to field and on-farm trials. The nature of our projects requires collaboration with colleagues in entomology and in a range of other disciplines within and outside Michigan. Currently we are identifying research projects; so if you have a pest problem that you would like us to hear about or if you are a potential collaborator, please contact us.

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Department of Entomology

http://www.ent.msu.edu
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

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