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.