Knowledge of the fundamental regulatory processes governing insect and nematode growth and reproduction is useful in developing new strategies and tactics for pest population regulation, and in advancing our basic knowledge. Research conducted by the UF/IFAS Entomology and Nematology Department in Gainesville and at our UF/IFAS Research and Education Centers throughout the state includes: gene expression, purification and characterization of neuropeptide hormones and cloning of neuropeptide genes, humoral and cellular processes related to immunity and pathogenesis, tissue culture, identification of DNA and mitochondrial genetic markers, genetic processes affecting hybridization and toxicant resistance, detoxication and induction of detoxifying enzymes, and population genetics.
Scientists from the department also work cooperatively with the USDA-ARS Center for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary Entomology in Gainesville.
The faculty members listed below have a strong research focus in this area. Click on the names below to learn more about their research programs.
- Jeff Bloomquist Insecticide Toxicology (UF Emerging Pathogens Institute), Professor
- Peter DiGennaro Molecular Nematology, Assistant Professor
- Dan Hahn Insect Physiology, Associate Professor
- James Maruniak, Insect Virus Biotechnology, Associate Professor
- Kirsten Pelz-Stelinski Insect-Microbe Interactions, Vector Biology, Associate Professor
- Blair Siegfried Insect Toxicology, Professor and Department Chair
- Chelsea Smartt Molecular Entomology, Medical Entomology, Associate Professor