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Christian Krupke

Christian H Krupke

Associate Professor

Department: Entomology
Phone: 765.494.4912
E-mail: ckrupke@purdue.edu
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My current research focuses on the broad area of insect pest management in field crops – primarily corn and soybeans. I have responsibilities in both research and extension and this mix affords me the opportunity to blend a love of biology with an affinity for tackling real-world problems.

Although insect pest management in these large-scale production systems has made tremendous advances in the past two decades, the adaptive nature of biological systems ensures that we will constantly be forced to improve upon existing methods – there truly are no silver bullets.

Most pest management in these cropping systems is done before planting. For example, the vast majority of corn and soybeans planted in North America are genetically-modified crops. Most corn expresses at least one Bt toxin targeting insects and both corn and soybeans are typically herbicide-tolerant. In addition, all corn and most soybean seeds are treated with a broad-spectrum insecticide prior to planting. These approaches have many benefits, but also pose unique challenges. These include a heavy reliance on a relatively short list of insecticidal toxins over millions of acres of cropland. This imposes heavy selection pressures on insects living in and near agricultural fields; this includes pests and non-pests alike.

Research questions being investigated in my program typically address some of the “unintended consequences” of our current approaches to pest management in these systems. Large-scale agriculture is more necessary than ever for our global food demands. With this in mind, the larger goal of my work is improving the long-term sustainability of pest management approaches in these important cropping systems  


- Recent Publications

Krupke, C. H. (2014). Environmental fate and exposure; neonicotinoids and fipronil.. DOI 10.1007/s11356-014-3229-5, 22. Retrieved from http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11356-014-3332-7

Krupke, C. H. (2014). Conclusions of the worldwide assessment of neonicotinoids and fipronil to biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.. Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res, 22. Retrieved from http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11356-014-3229-5

Krupke, C. H. (2014). Effects of neonicotinoids and fipronil on non-target invertebrates.. Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res, 22. Retrieved from http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11356-014-3471-x

Krupke, C. H. (2014). Environmental fate and non-target organism exposure of neonicotinoids and fipronil.. Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res, 22. Retrieved from http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11356-014-3332-7

Krupke, C. H. (2014). Systemic insecticides (neonicotinoids and fipronil): trends, uses, mode of action and metabolites.. Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res., 22. Retrieved from http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11356-014-3470-y

Kang, J. K., Krupke, C. H., Murphy, A. F., Spencer, J. L., Gray, M. E., & Onstad, D. W. (2013). Modeling a western corn rootworm, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) maturation delay and resistance evolution in Bt corn. Pest Management Sci, 10.

Marquardt, P., Krupke, C. H., Camberato, J. J., & Johnson, W. G. (2013). The effect of nitrogen rate on transgenic corn Bt protein expression.. Pest Mgt. Sci, 31.

Venkata, B. P., Lauter, Li, Chapple, Krupke, C. H., Johal, & Moose (2013). A Novel Maize Mutant Highly Susceptible to Foliar Damage by the Western Corn Rootworm Beetle. PlosOne, 8. Retrieved from http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0071296

Marquardt, P. T., Terry, R., Krupke, C. H., & Johnson, W. (2013). Competitive effects of volunteer corn on hybrid corn growth and yield.. Weed Science, 60.

Spencer, J. L., Onstad, D. W., Krupke, C. H., Hughson, S., Pan, Z., Stanley, B., & Flexner, L. (2012). Isolated females and limited males: evolution of insect resistance in structured landscapes.. Entomologia experimentalis et applicata, 146.


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- Awards & Honors

2013 Extension and Education community award for Digital Decision Aids (2013). American Society of Agronomy.

2013 Extension and Education community award for publications of >16 pages (2013). American Society of Agronomy.

Integrated Pest Management Team Award for 2009. Soybean Aphid IPM Team (2009). Entomological Society of America.


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