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.

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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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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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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

Giant Asian Murder Hornets Found in Washington State

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We have been getting lots of questions about Asian giant hornets, aka “murder hornets”.  So far, these insects have not been spotted anywhere in the US other than Washington state.  It is very unlikely that you will find one in Arkansas.

If you have any questions for us about insects or plant pests, you can always ask our pest crew and submit photos at

https://www.uaex.edu/farm-ranch/pest-management/ask-pest-crew.aspx

 

To see a recent story about ‘murder hornets’ check out https://www.5newsonline.com/article/news/murder-hornets-unlikely-to-show-up-in-arkansas-anytime-soon/527-7de512a8-8560-4550-ad85-0cc6b7dd9116

 

Check out this piece done by Jon Zawislak to find even more information on the subject:

https://www.uaex.edu/farm-ranch/special-programs/beekeeping/uabeeblog/posts/asianhornet2020.aspx

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