Location: European Biological Control Laboratory
2012 Annual Report
This incoming agreement was established with the Italian agency MINOPRIO to support cooperative research in France and Italy on citrus and Asian longhorned beetles. During FY2012, a release technique was developed for an egg parasitoid of CLB in Northern Italy. An analysis of within-gallery temperature data over the course of an entire year in trees infested with CLB was conducted to validate a degree-day model for beetle development. Studies of hibernation by diapausing CLB egg parasitoids in actual outdoor conditions were started in order to improve the parasitoid’s survival rate while in diapause. Exploration in NE and SW China was conducted and an egg parasitoid of citrus longhorned beetle was found in Southern China. Reference to this agreement can be found in the report for the parent project 0212-22000-24-00D, DISCOVERY, BIOLOGY, AND ECOLOGY OF NATURAL ENEMIES OF INSECT PESTS OF CROP AND URBAN AND NATURAL ECOSYSTEMS.