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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Evaluating Non-Target Effects of Rootworm Maize (Cry34/35ab1) on Carabid Beetles

Location: Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research

Project Number: 3625-22000-017-13
Project Type: Trust

Start Date: Apr 30, 2010
End Date: Sep 30, 2014

Objective:
1) Determine whether Cry34/35Ab1 rootworm Bt corn significantly affects the abundance and diversity of carabid beetle populations; 2) Determine whether insecticide treated soil significantly affects the abundance and diversity of carabid beetle populations; 3) Assess the magnitude of the effects of Cry34/35Ab1 Bt corn on carabid beetles relative to the effects of soil insecticides.

Approach:
A two year study will investigate possible effects of rootworm Bt (Cry34/35Ab1) corn on carabid beetles. Corn hybrids will include Roundup Ready Cry34/35Ab1 corn, known as Herculex (R) RW [HR-RW], and a non-Bt near isoline [NBt-Iso]. Insecticides would include seed treatments Poncho 1250, Cruiser 250, and tefluthrin applied once at planting. The following treatments will be arranged in a RCB and replicated four times: 1) HR-RW (no insecticide); 2) NBt-Iso (check, no insecticide); 3) HR-RW with Poncho 1250; 4) NBt-Iso with Poncho 1250; 5) HR-RW with Cruiser 250 + tefluthrin; and 6) NBt-Iso with Cruiser 250 + tefluthrin. Pitfall traps will be used to sample beetles ten times over each growing season.

Last Modified: 8/30/2014
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