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

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Upcoming Events

  • Entomologist, creator of the Schmidt Sting Pain Index, and author of The Sting of the Wild, Justin O. Schmidt, is set to give a virtual seminar for the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology on Tues, Feb. 14th at 3:30pm CST.
  • Join Us Via Zoom:
    • Meeting ID: 816 3061 3526
      Passcode: M9T*vwSY

 Recent Events

  • Welcome Dr. Richard Adams to the department! Adams has joined us as Assistant Professor in the Agriculture Statistics Lab. A brief introduction from Adams :

"My lab studies fundamental questions about the origins and evolution of genome structure and function, and we develop new statistical methods to search for answers... We are actively recruiting students interested in many areas: from statistics and machine learning, to genomics, bioinformatics, entomology, and beyond!"


Current Job Openings:

  • Program Associate - Nematology:
    • The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting experiments and supporting daily research operations of the Nematology Lab, Greenhouses and Field work. Job duties will include planting and caring for plants in greenhouses, maintaining pure cultures of plant-parasitic nematodes, and conducting infection assays.
    • Apply Here



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