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.

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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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ENPL Highlights

Recent Events and Recognitions:


-A recent paper from Dr. Correll’s group was chosen as the ‘Editor’s pick’ in Plant Disease for the October issue.

Congratulations to Jim Correll, Chunda Feng, Maria Villarroel-Zeballos, and departmental alumni Braham Dhillon and Vanina Lilian Castroagudin


-Dr. McDermott is the lead author on a paper just published in a special issue of Journal of Insect Science. Way to go Emily!

This special collection is: Protocols in Medical and Veterinary Entomology


-Very pleased to report that Jon Zawislak successfully passed his Ph.D. qualifying exams on November 12th.  All reports are that his committee was impressed with the overall performance. 



 - Our Razorbugs team took 5th place – following a tiebreaker of the teams in 3rd place -- at the national ESA Entomology Games!  

Way to go Dylan Cleary, Hillary Fischer, Chase Floyd, and Austin Jones. You represented us well. 


-Cullen Shaffer successfully defended his M.S. thesis in plant pathology.  Great work Cullen!  Now that he has passed, I suppose I have to believe his version of how to pronounce ‘peony’.


-Dr. Goggin received a USDA-NIFA grant funded for $500,000.  Fiona is the lead PI, and John Rupe and Alejandro Rojas are co-PI's on the grant. 

The project will explore the role of plant-derived peptides in defense and in plant development. Congratulations all!


-In November, one of our alumni had a paper chosen as ‘Editor’s pick’ in Phytopathology.  Vanina Lilian Castroagudin is on a roll.



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