Examines pesticide resistance, including principles of resistance evolution; resistance mechanisms in arthropods, weeds, and plant pathogens; management approaches; communication strategies; and new developments in technology for pest management, including RNAi and gene drive.
LIFE 102 or LIFE 103; BZ 346 or SOCR 330.
Dr. Todd Gaines is an Associate Professor in the Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management at Colorado State University. His specialization is in molecular weed science and functional weed genomics. He grew up on a wheat farm in Colorado and completed his PhD in weed science at CSU, followed by post-docs in Western Australia (University of Western Australia, Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative with Prof. Stephen Powles) and Germany (Bayer CropScience, Weed Resistance Competence Center). His research goal is to support sustainable weed management in cropping systems. Projects in his research group include identifying the molecular and genetic basis of herbicide resistance mechanisms and other genetic traits in weeds, and developing rapid molecular diagnostics for herbicide resistance.