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Predicting the spatial-temporal distribution of Spodoptera frugiperda (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) populations in agricultural landscapes from Florida (usa)

Grant number: 16/00831-8
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): October 31, 2016
Effective date (End): April 29, 2017
Field of knowledge:Interdisciplinary Subjects
Principal Investigator:Wesley Augusto Conde Godoy
Grantee:Adriano Gomes Garcia
Supervisor: Robert Leo Meagher Junior
Host Institution: Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Piracicaba , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Florida, Gainesville (UF), United States  
Associated to the scholarship:15/10640-2 - A mathematical approach to study the spatio-temporal dynamics of agricultural pests on Bt crops and the establishment of refugee, BP.DR


Validation is an important stage of the modeling process. It focuses on verifying if a model is acceptable for its purpose. With this in mind, it is extremely important to validate the computational model developed in the project FAPESP 2015/10640-2. The model consists on a system of cellular automata to study the spatio-temporal dynamics of Spodoptera frugiperda populations in crop mosaics constituted by Bt and non-Bt crops. In the current project, the student intend to work in partnership with the University of Florida and USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) in Gainesville, FL, in order to obtain biological and monitoring data to validate the computational model. The student will spend six months working with Dr. Roberto M. Pereira from the University of Florida and Dr. Robert Meagher from USDA that focus his research on laying the ecological foundation for the area-wide control of S. frugiperda in the state of Florida. During this period, the student will rear S.frugiperda individuals from Florida corn crops in laboratory and work with monitoring data that have been collected by Dr. Meagher research group. Then, in possession of these data, the student will be able to validate the proposed model and complete his PhD thesis. (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
GARCIA, ADRIANO G.; FERREIRA, CLAUDIA P.; GODOY, WESLEY A. C.; MEAGHER, ROBERT L.. A computational model to predict the population dynamics of Spodoptera frugiperda. JOURNAL OF PEST SCIENCE, v. 92, n. 2, p. 429-441, . (16/00831-8, 14/16609-7)
GARCIA, A. G.; GODOY, W. A. C.; THOMAS, J. M. G.; NAGOSHI, R. N.; MEAGHER, R. L.. Delimiting Strategic Zones for the Development of Fall Armyworm (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) on Corn in the State of Florida. Journal of Economic Entomology, v. 111, n. 1, p. 120-126, . (16/00831-8, 15/10640-2, 14/16609-7)
GARCIA, ADRIANO G.; FERREIRA, CLAUDIA P.; CONSOLI, FERNANDO L.; GODOY, WESLEY A. C.. Predicting evolution of insect resistance to transgenic crops in within-field refuge configurations, based on larval movement. ECOLOGICAL COMPLEXITY, v. 28, p. 94-103, . (16/00831-8, 14/16609-7, 15/10640-2)

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