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Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology

ants crawling in dirt

Sep 20, 2023

Get Curious with Urban Entomologists

On this episode of the Farms, Food and You podcast, learn why the creepy crawlies in our cities are important to the ecosystem. 

Scanning electron microscopy image of a chigger.

Jul 12, 2023

Bacterium Associated With Disease Found in N.C. Chiggers

The disease, scrub typhus, presents symptoms similar to Rocky Mountain spotted fever. 

spotted beetle on a white flower

Jun 28, 2023

Meet Pollinators That Flap, Creep or Scurry

Bees take center stage during National Pollinator Month. But did you know that not all pollinators buzz? 

Picture of florescent flies.

Jun 12, 2023

CRISPR/Cas9-Based Gene Drive Could Suppress Agricultural Pests

Researchers use for the first time a gene-drive system on an important agricultural pest. 

a green stink bug on a crop

May 24, 2023

Controlling North Carolina’s Stinky Pests

Extension specialist Dominic Reisig and his research team are helping growers get rid of stink bugs devastating their fields. 

bell tower at night

Apr 20, 2023

Six Faculty Members Honored with Outstanding Research Award, Induction to Research Leadership Academy

The winners of NC State University’s top award for research and mentorship this year include Dr. Anthony Blikslager, Ola Harrysson, Maria Mayorga, Jun Ninomiya-Tsuji, Rob Scheller and Anna Whitfield. 

image shows an electronic patch attached to the leaf of a tomato plant

Apr 12, 2023

Multifunctional Patch Offers Early Detection of Plant Diseases, Other Crop Threats

The patch can be applied to the leaves of plants to monitor crops for different pathogens – such as viral and fungal infections – and stresses such as drought or salinity. 

Fall armyworm moth.

Apr 11, 2023

Perfume Component Helps Lure Male Moth Pests

Adding a small amount of a perfume component to pheromones helps attract male fall armyworms looking for a good time. 

Potato plant with leaf blight

Apr 4, 2023

NC State Researchers Assemble Pathogen ‘Tree of Life’

Researchers provide an open-access tool to capture new data on a global plant destroyer, Phytophthora. 

Jim Walgenbach loading apples to help with pest problems

Apr 3, 2023

One Step Ahead

Jim Walgenbach's research and fieldwork as an NC State Extension entomologist helps keep pests from causing significant damage to crops in the North Carolina mountains.