Rootworm Biology and Behavior
This presentation will help consultants, growers, and other practitioners in the U.S. Corn Belt understand the biology and behavior of corn rootworms, especially the western corn rootworm (WCR). The presentation begins with a discussion of rootworms as historic pests. The majority of the content is focused on details of basic corn rootworm biology, movement patterns and the characteristics of dispersing adults. Finally, the importance of biological knowledge is highlighted as a key part of making sound management decisions and understanding pest resistance.

RNA Interference as a Pest Management Tool for Western Corn Rootworm
RNA interference (RNAi) is being developed as a potential tool for insect pest management. The most likely target pest species for transgenic plants that express double stranded RNA (dsRNA) is the western corn rootworm. This presentation will provide consultants, growers and other practitioners in the U.S. with an understanding of how RNAi works. It will also describe some recent RNAi innovations for insect pest management including in planta RNAi expression and risk assessment for RNAi technologies.

CCA/CPAg:  1.0 Integrated Pest Management
CPSS/CPSC:  1.0 Professional Meeting

Jospeh L. Spencer
Insect Behaviorist
Illinois Natural History Survey
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Spencer received his Ph.D. in entomology in 1994. In 1999, he accepted a permanent position as insect behaviorist in the Survey studying field insect crop behavior with a focus on western corn rootworm mating, movement and opposition in refuge and Bt-transgenic corn.

Ana María Vélez
Research Assistant Professor
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Ana Maria Velez has a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her expertise includes characterization of resistance to Bt toxins and different aspects of RNAi as an insect pest management tool. Her RNAi research includes understanding the mode of action of RNAi in the Western Corn Rootworm, identification and characterization of RNAi targets of the Western Corn Rootworm, and risk assessment of RNAi.

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$40.00 Non-members

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Seminar Information
Seminar Date:
October 01, 2015
Corn Rootworm Management in the Transgenic Era, Session 1
Speaker Information
Joseph L. Spencer   [ view bio ]
Ana María Vélez   [ view bio ]
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American Society of Agronomy
Integrated Pest Management : 1.00
Soil Science Society of America
Professional Meetings: 1.00
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