- Associated Press - Monday, May 26, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - University of Nebraska-Lincoln scientists have received more than $1.1 million in grants to research one of corn’s most pernicious pests.

Three teams of entomologists were awarded the three-year grants from Monsanto. The grants will help pay for research and corn grower education on western corn rootworm management.

Researchers received the grants amid signs that the corn rootworms are becoming resistant to some of the traits in genetically modified corn.

Corn rootworms can destroy corn roots and reduce yields. The loss of roots also causes plants to fall over in strong winds or rain.

This is the second year UNL scientists have received funding from Monsanto’s western corn rootworm program.

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