Division of Forest Entomology and Pathology pursues science related to the conservation of the forest environment by mitigating forest damage caused by diseases and insect pests. Our research areas include physiological & ecological studies and integrated management of pine wilt disease, monitoring and prediction of major forest pests, invasive and sporadic pests, physiological and ecological characterization of tree diseases and insect pests in forests and urban areas, and integrated pest management for forest health and agroforestry products.
Our researches are based on the fundamental studies of taxonomy and identification of pinewood nematode (causative organism) and ecological characteristics of pine sawyer beetle (insect vector), which is applied to further studies on host-parasite interactions, ICT based monitoring, and development of diagnostic techniques and eco-friendly control methods.
Pine wood nematode
Pine wilt disease cycle
Damaged trees by pine wilt disease
Through long-term monitoring for forest pests, we are conducting research to predict the cause and spread of forest pests, including new invasive and sporadic pests, and the subsequent stabilization process, and to analyze the impact of climate change on forest pests.
long-term monitoring for forest insect pests
Predicting spring emergence of Monochamus alternatus
Analysis on the possibility of settlement of invasive species
Climate change impact assessment
Our research projects include monitoring of diseases and insect pests occurring on trees in forests and urban areas, and investigation of ecological, physiological, molecular and taxonomic characteristics of important insect pests and diseases for the development of forecasting and diagnostic tools.
Identification of fungal pathogens
Identification of insect pests
Our research projects include the development of scientific and organized pesticide management strategies for specific forest trees and agroforestry products in order to support the management of forest pests and diseases.
Investigation on forest insect pests and diseases
Survey on use of pesticides
Advancement of forest pests and diseases management