Four insect test kits were developed at Agdia in support of insect diagnostics for IPM programs throughout the cotton belt. This assay technology should also be applicable to other crops. The model systems developed have been Hel-ID, the Helicoverpa/Heliothis egg identification kit; the cotton aphid fungus, Neozygites fresenii (Nowakowski) Test Kit; the Orius Yolk-Protein Test, a parasite/predator reproductive fitness test kit; and a Feeding Disruption Test (FDT), a kit used to monitor Helicoverpa/Heliothis for developing tolerance to Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) and other chemical insecticides.
Species 1: Lepidoptera Noctuidae Helicoverpa zea (cotton bollworm, corn earworm)
Species 2: Lepidoptera Noctuidae Heliothis virescens (tobacco budworm)
Keywords: Bacillus thuringiensis
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