My master's project focused on the design and testing of a boom sprayer to release Trichogramma pupae in sweet corn fields for biocontrol of the European corn borer
. The project required both laboratory and field work, and my master's degree was also a formative step in my scientific writing and communication skills.
Prior to using a genetically modified seed, one insect, the European corn borer
, caused serious losses for corn farmers.
If you've only ever eaten supermarket sweet corn, you might not have had the pleasure of knowing the European Corn Borer
The cleavage site (RIVGG) for removal of the propeptide from the mature protein was identical in all of the proteins, except for the European corn borer
, Ostrinia nubilalis Hubner (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) (AAX62030), in which the Val residue at the 3rd place was substituted by Trp.
It has also been used as a biocontrol agent for management of insect pests like European corn borer
(Ostrinia nubilalis) in corn (Bing and Lewis 1991, 1992) and banana weevil (Cosmopolites sordidus) in banana (Akello et al., 2008).
Bt corn--which controls the European corn borer
, the corn
11 it is required by EU law to put an end to an approval process that began in 2001 when Dow Chemical and DuPont first submitted their product, a biotech corn variety called 1507 that has been developed to resist the European corn borer
The GM variety is designed to produce its own insecticide against the European corn borer
, a destructive moth whose caterpillars feast on corn ears and stalks.
The corn rootworm (European corn borer
), for which Bt corn was created, is now showing resistance to Bt.
The researchers focused on the European corn borer
, a moth species in which males often mate with females from a different strain.
(1990) reported that there was observed no correlation between egg mass densities and pheromone trap catch of European corn borer
, Ostrinia nubilalis (Hubner.) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae).