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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: RISK ASSESSMENT STUDIES OF CLASSICAL BIOLOGICAL CONTROL OF BRAZILIAN PEPPER

Location: Invasive Plant Research Laboratory

Project Number: 6032-22000-011-26
Project Type: Reimbursable

Start Date: Jul 10, 2008
End Date: Jul 10, 2013

Objective:
To reduce the invasibility and dominance of Brazilian pepper in agricultural and natural areas of the U.S. through the use of biologically based IPM.

Approach:
Conduct foreign explorations to identify and prioritize potential agents for biological control. Testing will be conducted to determine suitability for safe biological control introductions. Suitability will be determined through feeding/oviposition/developmental trials on related plant species available in South America. Priority will be given to species that show a high level of specificity for the target weed and pose minimal risk to desirable plant species.

Last Modified: 12/21/2014
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