How Colorado Potato Beetles Beat Pesticides
December 29, 2020
Native to the Rocky Mountains, the Colorado potato beetle has now spread to many parts of the world and quickly overcoming almost every pesticide thrown in its way. A new UVM study sheds light on how these insects become resistant so fast.
Genome of the Colorado Potato Beetle studied as a model species for agricultural pest
February 01, 2018
The Colorado potato beetle is notorious for its role in starting the pesticide industry - and for its ability to resist the insecticides developed to stop it. Now scientists have sequenced the beetle’s genome, probing its genes for clues to its surprising adaptability.
Lunchtime is over for the Colorado potato beetle
January 13, 2018
Chemicals in the leaves of potato plants, produced naturally by the plant, may hold the key to a new way to control Colorado potato beetles - a major pest for potato growers.
To protect crops, farmers could promote potato beetle cannibalism
June 27, 2017
UMaine scientists say farmers could try to protect their potato crop by utilizing agricultural practices — including crop rotations and push-pull strategies — to create field conditions that favor Colorado potato beetle cannibalism.
Justin Clements
August 17, 2016
Justin Clements, a fifth year doctoral student in the Molecular and Environmental Toxicology Center working in the Department of Entomology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the recipient of the 2016-2017 NPC Academic Scholarship.
Colorado Potato Beetles are munching on in the Red River Valley
July 02, 2016
According to the University of Minnesota Extension 'Spudbug' Newsletter, it is shaping up to be a Colorado Potato Beetle (CPB) year in the Red River Valley.
Maine potato growers concerned about losing Imidacloprid
March 21, 2016
Potato growers in Maine are cautiously watching the actions of the EPA as it reviews federal regulations for a popular insecticide (Imidacloprid - an effective insecticide against the Colorado potato beetle) that can be harmful to bees.
Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata): On average 40 to 50 cm2 of leaf material are eaten by each of the beetles’ larvae. Infestation with Colorado potato beetles can result in crop losses up to 50 per cent, if there is no pest control (Courtesy MPI, Afzal Khan)
March 08, 2015
Colorado potato beetles are a dreaded pest of potatoes all over the world. Now, scientists from the Max Planck Institutes of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam-Golm and Chemical Ecology in Jena have shown that potato plants can be protected from herbivory using RNA interference (RNAi).
Colorado Potato Beetle insecticide resistance spreading west
February 23, 2015
It should come as no surprise to Prairie potato growers that Colorado Potato Beetle (CPB) insecticide resistance is increasing.
 Colorado potato beetle
April 30, 2012
Barcodes may bring to mind the sales tags and scanners found in supermarkets and other stores. But U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are using 'DNA barcodes'to monitor insects that damage crops as diverse as wheat, barley and potatoes, and to make pest management decisions.


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