Understanding an agricultural pest, the corn rootworm

Summary:

  • Sarah Zukoff introduces her audience to the life cycle and behavior of the corn rootworm, an agricultural pest that feeds on the roots of corn.
  • She explains how scientists are using this information to reduce crop losses due to corn rootworm infestations.
  • Students can also investigate corn rootworm behavior in the associated Data Nugget, Corn Rootworm Mayhem

Length:

  • 16 minutes

Information about the Author:

  • Sarah Zukoff was a graduate student in the Plant Sciences and Entomology Program at MU working with Dr. Bruce Hibbard.
  • For her PhD research project, Sarah studied the relationship between corn plant genetics and the ecology the corn rootworm.