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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Research Project: BIOCHEMISTRY, PHYSIOLOGY, BIOLOGY, ECOLOGY, AND CONTROL OF PLANT BUGS IN THE WESTERN U.S.

Location: Pest Management and Biocontrol Research

Project Number: 5347-22620-021-03
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Aug 01, 2008
End Date: Jul 31, 2013

Objective:
To study, through both laboratory and field investigation, the physiology, biochemistry, biology, ecology, and control plant bugs on various host crops in the arid southwestern USA with the goal of developing environmentally sound and sustainable pest management strategies.

Approach:
Laboratory studies will focus on elucidating the feeding physiology and biochemistry of plant bugs feeding on cotton and other hosts. Specific biochemical pathways will be determined and evaluated and molecular methods will be used to identify potential genetic based methods for disrupting these pathways (e.g. RNAi). The life history of plant bugs on new industrial crops will be quantified under controlled conditions. The potential impact of plant bugs on yield and quality of new industrial crops will be investigated in the greenhouse and field using inclusion cages and field manipulation of plant bug populations. Documents SCA with U of AZ.Formerly 5347-22620-020-03S (11/10).

Last Modified: 7/28/2014
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