Monsanto Company on Wednesday announced six new recipients of research grants as part of the Corn Rootworm Knowledge Research Program.
The program, which started in early 2013 and recently was extended to 2016, provides merit-based awards of up to $250,000 per award per year for up to three years for outstanding research projects that address specific aspects of corn rootworm biology, genomics and management issues.
"The program is extremely beneficial to the research and academic community as its goal is not to examine product-specific issues, but rather look at the broader challenges farmers face when dealing with corn rootworm," said Dr. Joseph Spencer, entomologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey.
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The CRW Knowledge Research Program is guided by a 10-person Advisory Committee that includes experts from academia and agricultural organizations. Committee members were selected based on expertise in corn rootworm biology and insect management practices.
The six awards granted focus on a number of items from evaluating how best to manage corn rootworm under current production practices to evaluating strategies to delay the onset of resistance evolution. The award recipients are:
• Joseph Spencer, University of Illinois
• Nicholas Miller, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
• Paul Mitchell, University of Wisconsin
• Blair Siegfried, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
• Douglas Golick, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
• Mike Caprio, Mississippi State University
• Christian Krupke, Purdue University
For more information on the program, visit www.monsanto.com/CRWknowledge