Insects and Microbes
A world leader in entomology research
The UGA Department of Entomology is ranked No. 8 in the world among university entomology programs (2017, Center for World University Rankings). That ranking rests on the department's well-balanced strengths in basic, applied and directed science. Our deep, diversified team of outstanding scientists across Georgia enables the department to respond to urgent needs, like controlling an outbreak of whiteflies attacking food crops or identifying new pests like kudzu bugs and brown marmorated stinkbugs appearing in fields or ports. While applied scientists work to get the immediate issue under control, basic scientists go to work in the lab to understand the insect biology and seek long-term control solutions. Entomology is an integral part of UGA multidisciplinary teams working to improve agriculture at home and around the world. The unit plays a role in ensuring the success of every area of agriculture but also impacts public health, animal health and environmental health.
Bermudagrass stem maggot (2018) Classification and localization of cotton bolls in real-time using 3-D imaging and artificial Intelligence for development of a small robotic cotton harvesting platform (2018) Georgia Pecan Insect Pest Management (2018) Integrating Wetland Ecoystem Services into Agriculture (2018) Investigating vector physiology: hormones and microbes (2018) Management of Spotted-Wing Drosophila in Georgia Blueberries (2018) New Research into Diamondback Moth Insecticide Resistance (2018) Parasite-host interactions (2018) The genetics of social variation in a highly invasive fire ant species (2018)
The strength of the UGA Department of Entomology is the breadth and balance of its programs. View the core areas of research below as well as the faculty whose programs contribute to these areas.
- Agroecosystems, IPM and Applied Ecology
- Apiculture, Biological Control, Conservation and Pollinator Protection
- Evolutionary Biology and Systematics
- Honey Bee Program
- Insect-Microbial Interactions
- Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Endocrinology and Genomics
- Urban Entomology
- Vector Biology, Livestock and Medical Entomology
- Wetland and Aquatic Ecology