AUGMENTATIVE BIOLOGICAL CONTROL AND MASS REARING FOR BENEFICIAL AND PEST INSECTS
Location: Biological Control of Pests Research Unit
Project Number: 6402-22000-057-00
Start Date: Apr 02, 2007
End Date: Nov 07, 2010
Development of effective biological control technology for selected pests, including importation and culture of appropriate natural enemies and microbial control agents of insects and development and testing of technology for production, processing, storage, packaging, distribution, and release of natural enemies of insects and weed pests. Effective augmentative and classical biological control strategies for key pests are developed. Production of biological control agents for use in field evaluations in cooperation with other labs. Improvements in mosquito biological control agent formulation, delivery, specificity and storage stability will be achieved by modifying the physical and chemical properties of the formulations.
Research and development activities are directed, primarily, at the development of automated mass rearing technologies for important biological control agents, including the development of artificial diets. Agents for study are selected on the basis of the needs of cooperators; the potential for success in the development of mass rearing technology; and the availability of basic rearing procedures, artificial diets, etc. Quality and process control criteria are developed. Techniques for packaging, distribution, and release of biological control agents are developed and tested. Biological control strategies are developed and tested through the mass rearing and field evaluation of the released agents.