Webinar features resistance management for Colorado potato beetle

03/16/2012 03:43:00 PM
The Grower Staff

Colorado potato beetleCourtesy the Agricultural Research ServiceThe Colorado potato beetle has grown resistant to more than 40 different insecticide active ingredients.The Colorado potato beetle is a survivor, no doubt, as it has become resistant to nearly every class of insecticides used to control it.

To help potato growers with their battle, Russ Groves—an entomologist with the University of Wisconson-Madison—will provide resistance-management strategies and reduced-risk options in the latest webinar from Focus on Potato, according to a news release.

The latest battle involves Colorado potato beetles in Wisconsin and the upper Midwest, which are becoming resistant to the widely used neonicotinoid insecticides.

In his presentation, Gross will review the history of resistance in the Colorado potato beetle, how resistance develops and ultimately, how growers can slow its development.

At the core is strict adherence to integrated pest management strategies.

View the educational presentation, titled “Insecticide Resistance Management Colorado Potato Beetle: a Case Study on Potatoes," on the Plant Management Network's website.

The webcast will be available through May 31.

The Plant Management Network is a collaborative effort among the American Society of Agronomy, American Phytopathological Society and Crop Science Society of America.

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