Diabrotica virgifera virgifera

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  • The western corn rootworm (WCR), Diabrotica v. virgifera, is one of the most important insect pests of cultivated maize in North America with annual losses in yield and control expenditures exceeding U.S. $1 billion annually. A number of strategies, such as chemical insecticides, crop rotation, biological control and transgenic plants expressing toxins from Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), have been used to manage rootworm populations[1].
  • Common Name: Western corn rootworm
  • NCBI Taxonomy


  1. Siegfried B. Validation of reference housekeeping genes for gene expression studies in western corn rootworm (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera). PLoS One. 2014 Oct 30;9(10):e109825. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0109825. eCollection 2014. Erratum in: PLoS One. 2015;10(4):e0124187. Barros Rodrigues, Thaís [corrected to Rodrigues, Thaís Barros]. PubMed PMID: 25356627; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4214676.