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Research Project: Extended pest migration in Bt versus non-transgenic crops:impacts on risk assessment and Bt resistance dissemination.

Location: Insect Behavior and Biocontrol Research

Project Number: 6036-22000-030-07-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 1, 2014
End Date: Jun 30, 2019

Our goal is to determine the role of suboptimal feeding on spread of devastating insect pests using fall armyworm (FAM) as an economically-relevant model.

Flight mill studies and comparison of lipid contents will test role of diet on flight duration in moths. Genetic and biochemical markers will identify pest subpopulations, some with resistance to Bt corn. Data will be used to test models of migration and pesticide resistance dispersion.