Entomology Overview

Considering their role in agriculture, the study of insects is essential. Insects can be seen at any stage from production to storage of harvested produce. They cause damages that lead to huge investment losses and wastage of farm resources. Because the pests have ability to destroy crops while on the farm and/or during storage, they influence the marketability of stored produces especially grains. In livestock production, insect attacks on animals may cause diseases. When unknowingly ingested by humans, some insects pose danger to human health and wellbeing. However, despite their negative impact on food production, insects can also be used as indicators of water quality e.g. stoneflies in streams, and in resolving legal matters under forensic entomology. Developed countries like Australia have in place biosecurity measures like border quarantine to eliminate insects from inhabited environments.
Entomology is simply the study of insects and their economic benefits. It also covers their interactions with other living organisms and the environment. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an outcome of understanding the structure and mode of operations of insects through entomology. IPM is an infusion of biological, chemical, cultural and physical control of pest infestation. We provide collaborative research spaces in sub-disciplines like entomology. Contact us for more information.