Diabrotica - the nightmare of all corn producers
The most important figures on corn rootworm misery.
- Corn is the economically most important arable crop worldwide
- Around 7 million hectares of European corn acreage are already infested by the corn rootworm (corresponding to approx. 36% of the total corn area)
20-80% loss of yield = € 360-1.440/ha
Exponential propagation aggravates the problem
- The females are ready to mate shortly after hatching. Their eggs do not have to be fertilized immediately. Sperm can be kept in the spermatheca for a long time and are then continuously used to fertilize the eggs.
- Within a few weeks, a single female lays an average of 400 eggs. 6-11% of these survive.
- A single beetle therefore produces about 40 beetles in the following year. This exponential growth illustrates how extensively and rapidly the pest spreads without containment measures
How Diabrotica v.v. damages the corn plant
Crop rotation only partially solves the problem
Securing the future with biotechnology
Combating invasive species poses completely new challenges for developers of crop protection products. And failure is not an option. That is why we are working all the harder to provide agriculture with effective methods that make ecological and economic sense. Together, sustainable agriculture can succeed!
Questions about the corn rootworm?
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No #880432