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A review of resistance breeding options targeting western corn rootworm (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera LeConte)

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1 This review presents the latest research regarding maize resistance breeding against western corn rootworm (WCR) in the U.S.A. and Europe.

2 Investigations in Europe on the development of maize cultivars possessing resistant mechanisms against WCR are just beginning. In 2003, the European Commission implemented measures aimed at slowing down the spread of the WCR in Europe. Nevertheless, this pest has already been found in 20 countries of the European region. To establish a sustainable production system, the evaluation of native (nontransgenic) resistance in maize cultivars is essential.

3 This review emphasizes the future challenges involved in the research of native resistance breeding in maize against the insect.
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Keywords: Europe; U.S.A; maize; native resistance; transgenics

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Agricultural Institute Osijek, Department of Maize Breeding and Genetics, Juzno predgradje 17, HR-31000 Osijek, Croatia 2: Iowa State University, Department of Entomology, 17 Insectary Building, Ames, IA 50011, U.S.A. 3: University of Illinois, Department of Crop Sciences, 1101 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL 61801, U.S.A. 4: University of Missouri, Department of Entomology, 205 Curtis Hall, Columbia, MO 65211, U.S.A.

Publication date: August 1, 2009

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