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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Risk of Western Corn Rootworm Adaptation to Transgenic Corn

Location: Plant Genetics Research

Project Number: 3622-21220-007-04
Project Type: Reimbursable

Start Date: Sep 01, 2009
End Date: Aug 31, 2014

1) Identify molecular markers associated with resistance to Cry3Bb1 Bt corn in replicated colonies of WCR populations that are reared on isoline or Bt corn. 2) Test the dominance of resistance and fitness costs to Bt corn. 3) Develop colonies with resistance to Cry34Ab1 + Cry35Ab1. 4) Evaluate the potential for cross resistance between current Bt products and stacked events.

A genome scan using a large number of SNP markers will be used to identify markers associated with the resistant phenotype. Crosses of resistant and susceptible lines will be developed and evaluated. We will use techniqes of Meihls et al. (2008) and Lefko et al. (2008) to develop a set of resistant colonies in both Ames and Columbia. We hope to be able to evaluate for cross resistance between Cry3Bb1 resistance and Cry34Ab1 + Cry35Ab1 resistance. This will depend on successful MTAs, but Syngenta has already agreed that we can evaluate for cross resistance between MIR 604 resistance and resistance to Event 5307.

Last Modified: 8/22/2014
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