Western Corn Rootworm
Ecology and Management
Western Corn Rootworm, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera LeConte, has been a major economic pest of maize in the Americas for many years. However, since the early 1990s, it has become an increasing threat to crops in Europe and is expected to spread to all maize growing areas of the continent. This book provides a comprehensive review of current knowledge of the biology and ecology of this insect pest and how it might be managed in order to limit its damage as it spreads into new agroecological areas. Cultural, biotechnical and biological control measures are addressed, as are ecological baseline data such as population dynamics, economic thresholds and aspects of its behavior. The book also examines the potential of plant protection techniques currently used in North America to be applied in Europe.