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CESD Seminar

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 01:15pm - 02:15pm


CESDivision Seminar
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Date: 15 November 2016, Tuesday: 1-15-2:15pm
Venue: CESD Conference Room 1, DL Umali Bldg.

Title: How do you keep a sensitive yet cannibalistic stem borer species happy and healthy?

Speaker: Josie Lynn Catindig, Associate Scientist

Abstract: Resistance breeding against yellow stem borer requires a reliable population of insects at a given time and stage. The lack of a steady supply of the yellow stem borer larvae hampers the breeding process. Use of field-collected individual is not recommended since their availability fluctuates within and across seasons. Rearing the insect pest on its natural host is a sub-optimal option because it requires high cost, labor, time, and space requirements. In the past, IRRI and other organizations had had success in developing artificial diets and rearing systems for other stem borer species such as striped stem borer. To date, no artificial diet and rearing system is available for yellow stem borer. Recently, IRRI entomology has started to tackle the challenge of developing an artificial diet and rearing system for this important lepidopteran pest. The iterative methodology and some preliminary results on the development of artificial diet and rearing system for the yellow stem borer will be discussed in this seminar.

All are cordially invited.


CESD Conference Room 1, DL Umali Bldg