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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: BIORATIONAL TECHNOLOGIES FOR MANAGEMENT OF CHRYSOMELID BEETLE PESTS OF AGRICULTURAL CROPS Project Number: 1275-22000-235-00
Project Type: Appropriated

Start Date: Jun 07, 2005
End Date: Jun 06, 2010

Objective:
Investigate, develop and evaluate the use of predators, parasitoids, entomopathogens, feeding stimulants or deterrents, cultural controls, host resistance, and other environmentally -friendly tactics in IPM programs for Colorado potato beetle, corn rootworm and other chrysomelid pests. Develop methods for improved management of gypsy moths in non-forest and newly infested forested areas of the United States, particularly mating disruption techniques.

Approach:
Characterize and develop new tactics to manage chrysomelid leaf beeetles, particularly Colorado potato beetle and corn rootworms, and in labratory, semi-field and field experiments, evaluate various methods of deployment, such as primary toxicants or pathogens, habitat augmentation, conservation biocontrol, baits or other attracticidal formulations, or incorporation in crop or trap plants. Studies will encompass biology, host specificity, behavior, non-target effects and environmental impact of biological control agents and other tactics. Studies will be conducted in cooperation with US Forest Service "slow the spread" national Gypsy Moth Project and partners to disrupt gypsy moth mating.

Last Modified: 11/25/2014
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