Cooperative Extension Service agents with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture collect kudzu bugs from both a commercial soybean field and a large kudzu patch in Phillips County on July 6, 2016. Photo by Ryan McGeeny.

Working to Make a Difference

We study insects and microbes to better understand interactions between organisms and to improve agricultural production systems.

Our faculty and graduates bring our research-proven technology to Arkansas and beyond.

Through the application of emerging technologies like big data, remote sensing, gene editing and nanotech, we translate our research from the lab to the field to the food on your table.

Student and Clemencia Rojas, faculty member, conducting research in the greenhouse.

Masters Programs

The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology offers Master of Science (M.S.) degree programs in both entomology and plant pathology.  Assistantships are available for graduate students looking for assistance in funding their advanced degrees.

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Ph.D. Program

The department offers a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences (AFLS) with the option to concentrate in either Entomology or Plant Pathology.  Assistantships and fellowships are available to assist with funding the AFLS Ph.D. program. 

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Find an Expert

Our department is staffed with award-winning, nationally-recognized faculty members who not only serve students on campus, but also conduct research that benefits industries and communities across the state, nation and globe. 

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Our Purpose


The Department is a global leader in entomology and plant pathology; promoting human, animal, and plant health, environmental sustainability and food security.


The Department serves science and society through discovery, translation and dissemination of knowledge and resources to promote human, animal, and plant health, environmental sustainability and food security.

Core Values

  • Foster interdisciplinary and synergistic collaboration.
  • Champion a supportive, diverse, and inclusive environment.
  • Support innovation and excellence.
  • Ensure scientific integrity.
  • Engage and serve our stakeholders.

ENPL Highlights

Recent Events

FAll 2022

  • We were well represented this year at the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA).  The meeting was a joint effort between the ESA, Entomological Society of Canada (ESC), and the Entomological Society of British Columbia (ESBC) hosted November 13-16 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • The Arkansas Clean Plant Center is open for business! ACPC is a full-service clean plant center for berries in Arkansas, serving the national industries. To learn more, visit their website:
  • Insect Festival of 2022 - around 4,000 people came out and had the opportunity to get an up-close view of collections of live and dead insects. Ranging from marvelous insect displays, interactive educational experiences, cockroach races, crafts galore, an enclosed case featuring live bees, and much more, there was a lot to see!
  • Our department attended the most recent annual APS meeting, Plant Health 2022, this August in Pittsburgh, PA. Two of our graduate students, Qiurong Fan and Sherif Sharfadine, both mentored by Dr. Alejandro Rojas, received awards at the meeting.



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