Insect Resistance to Crop Rotation

Joseph L. Spencer, Sarah A. Hughson, Eli Levine

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Insect Resistance to Crop Rotation. Two species of Diabrotica have evolved resistance to crop rotation that involves planting the same primary crop every second year in the same location. Diabrotica barberi has adapted by extending egg diapause for more than one winter. Diabrotica virgifera virgifera has lost its fidelity for corn, Zea mays, during the oviposition period; eggs are laid in most fields of vegetation in the crop landscape. Both adaptations permit eggs to hatch in cornfields. D. v. virgifera has also evolved resistance to most other IPM tactics over the past 60 years, including one type of insecticidal corn. This chapter explores the diverse approaches to IPM and the role of insect behavior in resistance management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInsect Resistance Management
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
EditorsDavid W. Onstad
Place of PublicationSan Diego
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Number of pages46
ISBN (Print)9780123969552
StatePublished - Oct 2013


  • (Glycine max)
  • Behavior
  • Chrysomelidae
  • Corn
  • Cyclodiene insecticide
  • Dispersal
  • Extended diapause
  • Insect resistance management
  • Insecticide
  • Integrated pest management
  • Modeling
  • Movement
  • Northern corn rootworm (Diabrotica barberi)
  • Organophosphate insecticide
  • Refuge
  • Rotation resistance
  • Soybean
  • Transgenic corn
  • Western corn rootworm (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera)
  • INHS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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