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Agricultural Research Service

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Insecticide Resistance Management and New Control Strategies for Pests of Corn, Cotton, Sorghum, Soybean, and Sweet Potato



The long-term objective of this project is to develop an improved understanding of how the changing cropping landscape impacts insecticide resistance development and management of various insect pest species in order to increase profitability and sustainability of mid-South row crops.

Detailed objectives:

  • Improve tarnished plant bug control an insecticide resistance management by gaining new information on the pest's ecology and biology using multi-disciplinary approaches, e.g. molecular genetic tools, stable carbon isotope analysis, gene expression and proteomics, and insecticide resistance assays coupled with field sampling.
  • Determine the effect of bollworm ecology (corn earworm) on resistance to pyrethroid insecticides by developing and utilizing genetic markers linked to resistance traits, stable carbon isotope analysis, gossypol detection in adult insects, and insecticide resistance monitoring. 
  • Develop pest control strategies for the U.S. Mid-South's Early Soybean Production System by determining accurate treatment thresholds, understanding the impact of changing cropping systems on farm-scale pest ecology, and developing effective insecticide resistance management practices for the stink bug complex, three-cornered alfalfa hopper, bean leaf beetle and soybean looper.
  • Improve low imput systems of pest control for sweet potato by evaluating the efficacy and proper use of newly registered insecticides to enhance their integration with crop rotation and other low cost control strategies.

Project Scientists:

Dr. Ryan Jackson

  • Dr. Ryan Jackson serves as the lead scientist for this project.

Dr. Clint Allen

Dr. Randall Luttrell

Dr. O.P. Perera

Dr. Gordon Snodgrass

Dr. Yu Cheng Zhu




Last Modified: 8/12/2016
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