Insects are the most abundant and diverse group of animals on earth, and the spring 2020 edition of Louisiana Agriculture focuses on LSU AgCenter entomologists and their contributions to the sustainability of agriculture in our state and the well-being of all of us. Our scientists are discovering management tools to control insect pests, both in urban and rural environments, while reducing the use of pesticides and promoting the growth of beneficial insects.
Nathan P. Lord
LSU AgCenter scientists are studying how insects, specifically beetles, see color. This will lead to ways to control beetle pests, such as the emerald ash borer, which destroys trees.
The number of insect pests that rice and sugarcane farmers have to contend with keeps growing as new pests enter Louisiana and new methods of control must be found.
Lane Foil, Mike Becker and Claudia Husseneder
LSU AgCenter scientists are studying prevention of two viruses that can be devastating to deer: blue tongue virus (BTV) and epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus (EHV).
Claudia Husseneder, Lane Foil, Ben Aker, Darrius Davis and Patrick Rayle
Horse flies are the perfect insects to study to determine the continuing effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on the health of the coastal marsh.
Qian “Karen” Sun and Paul Castillo
Disrupting the chemical cues termites use to communicate may help control them and save Louisiana millions of dollars per year from damage.
Jeffrey A. Davis
LSU AgCenter scientists are taking an integrated pest management approach to hemp production in Louisiana and discovering best practices for farmers to grow this crop efficiently.
With a grant from a private company, the Department of Entomology is studying development of a new industry in which black soldier fly larvae consume garbage and then become feed for livestock.
Michael J. Stout
Dennis Ring, a highly regarded extension entomologist for the LSU AgCenter for 25 years, passed away on May 4, 2020, after an extended illness.
Sebe Brown and Fangneng Huang
The Bt technology involves altering genes so less pesticide is used to control insect pests. But to preserve the effectiveness of this technology requires management.
Rodrigo Diaz, Steven Woodley and Charles Wahl
LSU AgCenter scientists continue to develop ways to control the fast-growing giant salvinia that clogs water bodies and interferes with food production.
Manoj Pandey and Timothy Schowalter
Despite massive destruction of their habitat during a hurricane, insects continue to thrive but in altered ways, according to studies in Puerto Rico.
Mosquito abatement districts in Louisiana use many strategies besides truck-based insecticide applications to control mosquitoes.
Through the College of Agriculture, a popular science course is offered that teaches students to think critically about scientific issues in the news.
Rogers Leonard, an entomologist who recently retired as the LSU associate vice president of plant and animal programs, highlights milestones in Louisiana’s history of insect pest problems.
Michael J. Stout
LSU Department of Entomology alumni have enjoyed success in a variety of endeavors throughout the world.
Nathan Lord, director of the Louisiana State Arthropod Museum, turned his fascination with insects as a child into a career in which he can travel the world.
Six students get $2,000 scholarships; Two students receive awards; Three alumni honored; Graduate student presents research in Washington, D.C.; Students learn online.
Linda Foster Benedict
4-H keeps students involved at home; Fishers find markets online; Local farmers step up during the pandemic; New edible ornamental sweet potato; No Asian hornets here yet.