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  • Miscanthus, a biofuels crop, can host western corn rootworm

    Joseph Spencer, an insect behaviorist at the Illinois Natural History Survey, and his colleague found that the western corn rootworm will lay its eggs on Miscanthus and that the rootworm larvae can survive on Miscanthus rhizomes.

    Joseph Spencer, an insect behaviorist at the Illinois Natural History Survey, and his colleague found that the western corn rootworm will lay its eggs on Miscanthus and that the rootworm larvae can survive on Miscanthus rhizomes.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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  • Editor's note: To contact Joseph Spencer call 217- 244-6851; e-mail spencer1@illinois.edu.
    The article: Spencer JL, Raghu S (2009) Refuge or Reservoir? The Potential Impacts of the Biofuel Crop Miscanthus x giganteus on a Major Pest of Maize. PLoS ONE 4(12): e8336.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.000833 is available online.