Field crop insect pest management resulting from the widespread use of Bt.

Monday, September 21, 2015 - 4:10pm
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Seminar will be given by Dr. Dominic Reisig from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, Department of Entomology. It is a Harold Gunderson Memorial Lecture.

Abstract. Transgenic plant-produced insecticides contin- ue to shift field crop practices and pest complexes, especially in the south- ern US. Growers, private industry, regulators, and university-based Extension personnel must partner to optimize the utility of these insecticides, including minimizing development of resistance, non-target impacts, and secondary insect pest outbreaks. Due to the sharp decline in resources dedicated to the Land Grant University system, agricultural-based extension must balance the advantages of fast-paced and wide-reaching tools such as social media, while still maintaining proven methods for an aging group of stakeholders. Future research should be highly collaborative and focused on the most impactful issues. The field crop entomology program at NC State aims to achieve these objectives. One such example is the focus on the direct targets of Bt crops, such as heliothines, and secondary piercing sucking insect pests that have filled the niche left in the absence of target Bt pests.

Event will be held in E164 Lagomarcino Hall.

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