New AgBioResearch faculty member: Zsofia Szendrei

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Zsofia Szendrei, assistant professor of entomology, has become an affiliate of the MAES. (view larger image)

Zsofia Szendrei, assistant professor of entomology, became affiliated with the MAES in August. Her research focuses on solving vegetable insect problems in Michigan and implementing new pest management methods. Szendrei is particularly interested in combining multiple pest management approaches to target a particular pest problem, including biological and cultural controls, as well as behavior manipulation with plant/insect-produced volatiles, along with traditional control methods.

Before joining MSU, Szendrei served as a postdoctoral researcher at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service Invasive Insect Biocontrol and Behavior Laboratory in Beltsville, Md., from 2005 to 2007. She was a research associate at the Philip E. Marucci Center for Blueberry and Cranberry Research and Extension at Rutgers University from 2007 to 2009. Szendrei received her doctorate in entomology and her master’s degree in horticulture from MSU in 2005 and 2001, respectively.

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