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Cannibalistic Caterpillars (2017)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2017-09-15

Duration: 00:02:44

Subjects: Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, La.) | Scientific research | Caterpillars | Science


  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Spires, Kelly Reporter
  • Elderd, Bret Interviewee


This segment from the September 15, 2017, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Kelly Spires’ report on the ongoing research at LSU into the cannibalism of Fall armyworms. She interviews Dr. Bret Elderd, an associate professor at LSU, who discusses his research into the impact of viruses on Fall armyworms and his discovery that the caterpillars use cannibalism as a method to control their population and protect themselves against the spread of viruses. Host: Andre Moreau