Issue No. 5, Article 3/April 23, 2004
Insect Resistance Management Learning Center
An article by Eileen Cullen, extension entomologist at the University of Wisconsin, in the most recent issue of Wisconsin Crop Manager (vol. 11, no. 6, April 15, 2004) reminded me that I should make you aware of a very good resource on insect resistance management. The National Corn Growers Association, working with several land-grant university and industry entomologists, has launched the Insect Resistance Management Learning Center on their Web site at http://ncga.com/biotechnology/IRMCenter/index.htm. This Web-based tool addresses the need for standardized, comprehensive training on the principles of insect resistance management. The training focuses on insect resistance management, compliance assurance program, integrated pest management, corn borers, and corn rootworms.
The Insect Resistance Management Learning Center includes voice-over instruction, slides, and some animation, and users occasionally get an opportunity to answer questions. Accessing the lessons requires Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher, Windows Media Player 6.0 or higher, and Macromedia Flash Player 6 or higher. The courses included are very well done, and I applaud the National Corn Growers Association for developing such an instructional Web tool. The more resources that emphasize the importance of insect resistance management for Bt corn, the more likely it is for insect resistance management to become ingrained within our mindset in the Corn Belt.--Kevin Steffey