Entomology Group

Leader of the group: Márk Szalai assistant professor

The main fields of education at our Group are the taxonomy, morphology, distribution, economic importance and ecological strategies of the most important pests and of their natural enemies. All the avaialable methods of pest management (including agrotechnical, physical, chemical, biological, biorational and biotechnological approaches) are introduced to the students, and these methods are analyzed and evaluated from the economical, sociological and enviromental aspects.
Our research focuses on low-input, agrotechnical and biological pest management methods:
  • the role of ecological compensation areas, such as field margins, green corridors and other non-disturbed areas, in pest management
  • qualitative and quantitative analyses of overwintering habitats at ladscape level
  • the effect of different innovative management methods (e.g. mulching) on pests and their natural enemies
  • chemical-free protection of stored grains
  • evaluating and minimizing the potential risks of the available versions of traditional, self-sufficient management methods (eg. floodland-management,  agroforestry)
  • the importance of spiders in pest management
  • environmentally friendly pest control methods of greenhouse pepper

Minute Pirate bug (Orius sp.) in the flower of greenhouse pepper

A diverse landscape with wide range of habitats