Michigan State University
Research area: Biotechnology, Insecticide resistance, Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
Dr. Mota-Sanchez’s research focuses on the evolution of arthropod resistance to pesticides, insecticide toxicology, and metabolism of pesticides in insects. He is working on resistance of fall army worm, corn earworm and fruit pests to insecticides and Bt toxins. Dr. Mota-Sanchez is Co-Director of the Arthropod Pesticide Resistance Database which tracks cases of arthropod resistance globally dating back to 1914. He is also working on Integrated Pest Management (IPM), insecticide resistance management, international agriculture and biotechnology. He served as an Embassy Science Fellow with the U.S. State Department and USDA FSA in Mexico to increase awareness and understanding of GE crops and provide scientific information that illustrates the economic benefits and social importance for the production of such crops in Mexico. He is working also in research and extension of the monarch butterfly in Michigan, and Mexico.
Co-instructor of the Insect Toxicology (ENT812) course led by Dr. Ke Dong. Visiting scientists from Turkey, China, Mexico and Ecuador have been hosted in the laboratory for 4 to 5 month time periods. During their stays I provided them training in the area of insect adaptation to xenobiotics.