The western corn rootworm, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera LeConte, and the northern corn rootworm, Diabrotica barberi Smith and Lawrence, are both important pests of corn in the Midwest. We study various tools for integrated pest management of rootworm.
Dr. Jakka's research focused on Bt resistance monitoring, characterization of Bt resistance and cross-resistance patterns among Bt toxins for western corn rootworm (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera).
I’ve always enjoyed photographing the insects and fungi encountered during strolls through the woods. It was only fitting to accept a research assistantship at Iowa State University focused on insect-pathogenic fungi and their interactions with cropping practices. Along the way I helped with experiments on western corn rootworm, including a field study that used insect pathogens to help manage corn rootworm. I completed my M.S. in summer 2013 and recently began Ph.D. research on pest and pesticide interactions to optimize soybean yield.