Location: Invasive Plant Research Laboratory
Project Number: 6629-22000-009-00
Start Date: Oct 28, 2004
End Date: Oct 19, 2009
Survey foreign nations for potential biolgical control agents, determine host-specificity of candidate species, release approved agents into natural and agricultural ecosystems, and evaluate influence of agents on target weed and non-target species population dynamics. Study molecular genetic target weeds. Study their roles as insect feeding attractants/deterrents, effects on biological control agents' nutritional and reproductive physiology, and possible use in host-specificity protocols. Study biological control agents' impact on competition between target weeds and non-target native plants. Identify ways to incorporate biological control agents into IPM strategies. Survey water bodies in Connecticut for presence of troublesome aquatic weeds.