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