Dr. Doudna studied the distribution of Bt-resistant western corn rootworm (WCR) (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera) throughout Iowa, and how the evolution and spread of resistance are impacted by field management and landscape characteristics. He sampled sites throughout Iowa and used GIS to evaluate landscape and management parameters associated with the presence of resistance.
My current research projects are focused on characterization of field-evolved Bt resistance in western corn rootworm (WCR) (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera). I am involved in monitoring and quantifying evolution of Bt-resistance and cross-resistance (for Cry3Bb1, mCry3A, and Cry34/35Ab) in WCR field populations from various locations in Iowa. We use single plant bioassays, seedling mat bioassays, diet bioassays and field experiments to measure Bt resistance.
I am interested in pest and resistance management within the realm of arthropods. What I enjoy most is applied science within the context of solving current pest or pest-resistance problems. Furthermore, I am also interested in how different management practices can influence the structure of arthropod communities.