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Student completes PhD on defence mechanisms of a major group of maize pests, the Diabroticina beetles

PhD student joins fight against invasive western corn rootworm with fast-developing research

Over 340 proteins from 2,600 bacterial strains screened in search of natural enemy for the invasive western corn rootworm

Continuing the biological fight against a hardy foe – the maize-devastating western corn rootworm

CABI is continuing the fight against the maize-devastating western corn rootworm (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera) by collecting more than 22,000 live specimens of this chrysomelid beetle for further research into its biological control.

PhD student steps up fight against western corn rootworm – a major pest of maize

A PhD student, supervised by CABI’s invasive species and maize production expert Dr Stefan Toepfer, is stepping up the fight against one of the most destructive pests of maize in North America and Europe – the western corn rootworm.

Beneficial nematodes to control rootworms in European maize production

The western corn rootworm is a major invasive maize pest in North America and Europe. Control options become more and more limited as problematic pesticides are being phased out. 10 years of joint efforts in research and development by academic, legislative and commercial partners have led to a nematode-based biological control solution for this destructive maize pest. Mass-produced beneficial nematodes Heterorhabditis bacteriophora are now available as a commercial product.