Susceptibility of Cry1F resistant fall armyworms, spodoptera frugiperda, to cotton expressing pyramided Bt toxins

Monday, March 3, 2014: 2:04 PM
Columbia/Charleston (Embassy Suites Greenville Golf & Conference Center)
T. Shelby Williams , Department of Entomology, Louisiana State University, Winnsboro, LA
Fangneng Huang , Department of Entomology, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, LA
David L. Kerns , Macon Ridge Research Station, LSU AgCenter, Winnsboro, LA
Fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith), (FAW) is an economically damaging pest in cotton and other agricultural crops in Louisiana.  Fall armyworm is predominately a foliage feeder on most crops, but will also feed on fruiting structures of the cotton plant causing direct losses in yield.  Since the advent of crops genetically modified to express the bacterium Bacillus thuringensis (Bt) in the late 90’s, fall armyworm control has only been an issue in conventional cotton cultivars.  Recently, several strains of FAW that are highly resistant to purified Cry1F protein and commercial corn cultivars possessing the Cry1F protein have been established in our laboratory on the campus of LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The objective of this research project is to evaluate survival and plant injury of the Cry1Fcorn-susceptible and -resistant FAW on various Bt cotton cultivars.