Establish a comprehensive record of the insect community in Central Alberta canola fields. Develop next-generation DNA sequencing methods to identify the breadth of predator-prey relationships in canola fields. Develop a multiplex PCR method to identify common canola pests in the diet of various generalist predators. Quantify the impact of key predator species on pest populations in laboratory bioassays.
Lead Researcher (PI): Boyd Mori
Institution: University of Alberta
Total WGRF Funding: $156,148
Co-Funders: Alberta Canola Producers Commission, Manitoba Canola Growers Association
Start Date: 2020
Project Length: 4 Years