New arthropod management research center to open
Bonning said the center’s research will focus on areas with the potential for significant commercial benefits, including:
- New management approaches to address insect resistance to current insecticides and control strategies
- Development of transgenic plants that more effectively resist or tolerate pests
- Development of pest management strategies using RNA interference, an approach that targets cellular activity in insects, interfering with growth or lifespan
- Identification of new physiological sites to target for improving pest control
- Development of new or optimized methods that increase effectiveness of research and of current management tools or that enhance the role of integrated pest management strategies
The Center for Arthropod Management Technologies will join about 60 active Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers that have more than a thousand industrial firms and government labs as members.
The NSF began the Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program more than 30 years ago to stimulate nonfederal support of research and development, speed the delivery of new technologies and improve the industrial competitiveness of the nation. The program develops long-term partnerships among industry, universities and government. The centers are established through a small investment from the NSF and are primarily supported by industry center members. NSF provides a supporting role in development and evolution of the center. Each center conducts research of interest to both the industry members and the center faculty.
More information on the Center for Arthropod Management Technologies can be found on the center’s website, http://www.ent.iastate.edu/camtech/home.