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  • Arthropod Research Collection (ARC)

    Location:

    401 Natural Sciences Building, 288 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI, 48824

    Description:

    The ARC collection contains adult and immature insects, spiders, ticks, mites, and other arthropods, as well as nematodes, primarily from Michigan and the Great Lakes region. The Collection also contains many specimens from other parts of the world. The Center provides a reference collection of authoritatively identified specimens for research and extension; loans specimens worldwide for research; conducts systematics, evolutionary, and biodiversity research; collaborates and assists in faculty and graduate student research; and maintains a repository of voucher specimens documenting research.

  • Berry Crop Entomology Information and Resources

    Description:

    The Isaacs Lab studies the biology and management of insects in berry crops. Members of the lab are currently working on pest phenology, pheromone mating disruption, pollination, biological control, and selective insecticide evaluations, all with insects found in berry crops. Their extension program provides growers with practical information to make decisions about insect management, to improve their productivity, profit, and environmental safety.

    Pollination is critical for production of most berry crops, and we are investigating the ecology and management of pollinators and their economic value. We are also exploring the interactions between landscape structure and beneficial insects, both natural enemies and pollinators, in Michigan farmland.

  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Resources for the Agricultural Industry

    Location:

    http://www.canr.msu.edu/ipm/agriculture/ 

    Description:

    According to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the food and agriculture industry in Michigan contributes $101.2 billion annually to the state’s economy. Over 300 different crops are grown commercially. In truly integrated fashion, our links in our navigational bar span the management of insects, weeds, plant diseases and advice for keeping crops healthy to resist plant damage.

  • Midwest Invasive Species Information Network

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    The Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN) is a regional effort to develop and provide an early detection and rapid response (EDRR) resource for invasive species.  The goal of this regional resource is to assist both experts and citizen scientists in the detection and identification of invasive species in support of the successful management of invasive species.

  • MSU Apiculture Laboratory

    Location:

    243 Natural Sciences Building, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The MSU Apiculture Laboratory combines basic and applied research that benefits the beekeeping industry in Michigan and the country. Basic research includes computational, behavioral, physiological, and biochemical analyses to understand the mechanisms of social organization of a bee colony. Current applied research focuses on the impact of parasites (such as Nosema apis, Varroa destructor) on physiology and foraging behavior of worker bees, and on devising better control strategies for these threats to Michigan's beekeeping industry.

  • Native Plants and Ecosystem Services

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    This Website provides information and recommendations for habitat management that include maintaining or planting species that provide floral resources in or near crop fields, orchards and vineyards. Resources available include: Plant fact sheets; images; regional plant lists; publications; and teaching tools.

  • South Campus Field Research Facilities

    Location:

    The station’s 2,739 acres of farmland and forest are located south of Mt. Hope Road on MSU’s south campus.

    Description:

    There are 18 research facilities located on the south campus of MSU that allow AgBioResearch scientists to perform research in the areas of animal science and production, plant production and protection, environment and natural resources management, and renewable energy. State-of-the-art facilities and 2,739 acres of farmland and forest allow scientists to perform research close to campus and allow growers to view a number of demonstration plots in one visit to the university.

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