Collaboration and a combination of transgenic cotton and sterile insect releases helped to eradicate the invasive pink bollworm.
It may be only a matter of time before the Old World bollworm arrives in the U.S. A new guide in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management will help soybean growers and IPM pros be ready when it does.
Cotton and corn are threatened by growing resistance in the pest Helicoverpa zea (a.k.a. bollworm or corn earworm) to the insecticidal properties of Bt crops. Two researchers identify contributing factors and identify insecticide resistance management practices that could help slow the problem.
A new study of 40 years' worth of data from the mid-Atlantic region of the United States finds that widespread adoption of insect-resistant Bt corn has reduced pest damage and the need for insecticide applications in offsite, non-Bt crops such as pepper, green beans, and sweet corn, as well.