Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: December 15, 2010
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) is a neotropical pest that migrates each spring from locations in south Texas and south Florida to the central and eastern U.S. Management of this pest in Florida sweet corn involves tactics such as chemical control, host plant management, and biological control. These tactics are influenced by genetic attributes of this species such as two host strains that feed on different plants and are differentially susceptible to insecticides and transgenic plants. Additionally, populations that migrate out of Texas appear to be different than those that move out of Florida. Both host strains and overwintering population differences affect pest management of this economic pest.