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Biocontrol of Mycotoxin Contamination In Preharvest Corn


<OL> <LI> Investigate the impact of biocontrol agents on the incidence of Aspergillus flavus and Fusarium moniliforme kernel rot and survival of corn insects that damage the ears and carry ear-rotting molds. <LI>Evaluate the importance of drought stress to the developing corn plant in resistance vs. suceptibility to insects and kernel rotting molds by controlling the timing of irrigation. </OL>

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<OL> <LI>Monitor corn insects and incidence of corn ear rot by Aspergillus flavus and Fusarium moniliforme. <LI>Apply entomopathogenic fungi, mycoparasites, killer yeasts, antagonistic bacteria, and competing fungi to reduce corn insect and pathogen populations. <LI>Investigate sap beetle attractant odors of molded crop residues and insect damaged/rotting kernels from maturing corn ears. <LI>Explore low-input control measures for sap beetles and corn earworms. </OL>

Simmons, F. William; Wicklow, Donald
University of Illinois
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