2011 Annual Report
This research is related to Objective 1 of the parent project: "Develop lines of the western corn rootworm resistant to transgenic corn and investigate the biology, pest/host interactions, and fitness costs of resistant and control colonies as they relate to resistance management and rootworm biology."
Transgenic corn with resistance to corn rootworm larval feeding offers a viable alternative to insecticides for managing the most economically important insect pests of corn. Maintaining insect susceptibility to transgenic crops (resistance management) is in the interest of growers, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the industry, but requires an understanding of corn rootworm biology that does not currently exist. For the current project, we are evaluating Monsanto's new, transgenic RNAi corn in behavioral host recognition bioassays and greenhouse assays. Results are proprietary at this point since the RNAi transgenic technology are not commercially available.