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MSU receives federal grant to develop, use library on wireworm species

November 15, 2010 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - Montana State University has received a $218,419 federal grant to develop and use a DNA barcode library of wireworm species attacking small grains, corn, potatoes and sugar beets in the northern Great Plains.

The grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) was designed to address short-term research, education and Extension needs in integrated pest management for cropping systems. After developing the library, MSU will use it to unravel the cryptic complex of wireworm pest species.

"Producers want to be able to manage pests on their crops in ways that are effective and sustainable with minimal damage to the environment," said Roger Beachy, NIFA director. "These grants will support work that will offer producers innovative, safe and effective IPM solutions that increase farm profitability, reduce environmental and human health risks and protect natural resources."

MSU's grant was funded through the Crops at Risk (CAR) program, which funds projects that last between two and four years and use a diversity of tactics and approaches for a single or specific food or fiber commodity in commercial production for pre- and/or post-harvest systems. The program addresses either a major acreage or high-value crop commodity, such as key fruits and vegetables. The primary emphasis is on crop productivity and profitability, while addressing critical environmental quality and human health issues.

Through federal funding and leadership for research, education and Extension programs, NIFA focuses on investing in science and solving critical issues impacting people's daily lives and the nation's future.

For more information on the MSU project, contact Kevin Wanner at (406) 451-3479 or For more information on NIFA, see

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or