Susceptibility of Louisiana and Florida populations of Spodoptera frugiperda (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) to transgenic Agrisure®Viptera™ 3111 corn

Fei Yang, Fangneng Huang, Jawwad A. Qureshi, B. Rogers Leonard, Ying Niu, Liping Zhang, David S. Wangila

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In the United States, fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda (J. E. Smith) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), is a target species of transgenic corn (Zea mays L.) expressing pyramided Bacillus thuringiensis proteins. In 2011, a total of 150 F2 two-parent families of S.frugiperda were established using single-pair matings of feral individuals collected from three locations in Louisiana and Florida. The objective of this study was to determine the susceptibility of these field derived families of S.frugiperda to a pyramided Bt corn hybrid containing Agrisure®Viptera™ 3111 traits. For each F2 family, 96 neonates were assayed on leaf tissue of Agrisure®Viptera™ 3111 corn in the laboratory. None of the 150 families survived for 7 days on leaf tissue of the Bt corn plants. The results demonstrate that the field populations of S.frugiperda collected from Louisiana and Florida were susceptible to the pyramided Bt corn product containing Agrisure®Viptera™ 3111 traits. The data generated in this study can be used as baseline data for resistance monitoring.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-39
Number of pages3
JournalCrop Protection
StatePublished - Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
We appreciate Drs. Robert Meagher (USDA-ARS) and James Ottea reviewing an earlier draft of the manuscript. The authors also thank Dr. Meagher for the collection of the Bt susceptible strain of fall armyworm. This article is published with the approval of the Director of the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station as manuscript No. 2012-234-7531. This project represents work supported by the Louisiana Soybean and Feed Grain Promotion Board and NC-205.


  • Bacillus thuringiensis
  • Pyramided Bt corn
  • Spodoptera frugiperda
  • Susceptibility
  • Vip3A


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