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Applied Entomology Laboratory

Hello and welcome to the Applied Entomology Laboratory at the School of Biology and Ecology at the University of Maine. This site has been created by Dr. Andrei Alyokhin, Professor of (you guessed it) Applied Entomology.

For 70% of my work time, I serve as a fearless leader of a group of graduate and undergraduate students who are paying my bills by investigating economically important pestiferous and beneficial insects. Our main focus is on creatures found in or around potato crops, but on occasion we also venture into other systems or look at more basic issues in insect biology. For the remaining 30% of my work time, I teach several classes on subjects related to entomology and pest management.

Geographically, our laboratory is split between the main campus in Orono (where I am physically located) and Aroostook Research Farm in the heart of potato country in Presque Isle. The Presque Isle part is run by Mr. Aaron Buzza, the man who actually makes our scientific dreams and aspirations come true.

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