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Corn Rootworm: Small insect, big impact

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Corn rootworm can cause devastating effects to corn yields.  The focus of this lesson is the ongoing research of scientists as they work to combat the resistance of Corn rootworm to control measures.  The importance of this research in developing Insect Resistance Management strategies is discussed.


After reading this lesson you should be able to...

  1. List reasons for collecting data/doing research.
  2. Describe a field research study that tests a hypothesis on transgenic control of corn rootworm populations.
  3. Define and identify different levels of selection pressure.
  4. Predict the impact a specific selection pressure can have on the corn rootworm population.

The target audience for this lesson is the undergraduate college learner and the general public.


Authors:  Leah Sandall, Lance Meinke, Don Lee, and Blair Siegfried, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


This project was supported by the Nebraska Research Initiative, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2009).  


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