Insect Response to Climate Change and Ag-Inputs across the Prairies
The project has 3 Objectives.
First: Understand insect pest population dynamics and forecast pest populations. The project will evaluate the response of insect pests to climate variables to understand their population dynamics, outbreak frequency, and recent changes to insect distribution and relative abundance, using experiments and by continuing annual insect monitoring by the Prairie Pest Monitoring Network.
Second: Assess the current status of insecticide resistance in western Canada. This portion will evaluate the current susceptibility of insect pests of cereal, pulse, and oilseed crops to registered insecticides commonly used in western Canada.
Third: Develop new insect information resources. Lastly, the project will create information resources to augment insect outreach activities in western Canada.