Research Update: Asiatic garden beetle grub density research presented at ESA

Nov. 9, 2021

Kyle Akred, Tilmon Lab MS student, presented his research at the annual Entomological Society of America conference in Denver, CO. Kyle has been evaulating how increasing Asiatic garden beetle (AGB) density impacts corn plant health, particularly plant height under both greenhouse and outdoor microplot conditions. Grub densities evaluated were 0, 1, 2 and 3. Overall, results indicated that corn plant height was negatively impacted as AGB density increased. Furthermore, 30% of corn plants with 3 grubs did not germinate compared to 4.3% in the treatment with 0 grubs. To see Kyle's poster presentation, click here.