Location: Invasive Plant Research Laboratory
2012 Annual Report
Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC), Entomology Division has collected air potato and skunk vine plants from the field and planted in the research station at Khumaltar, they will use these plants to rear herbivorous insects for initial host range testing. Because of the delay in monsoon collection of air potato and skunk vine biocontrol agent was delayed. Recently, Lilioceris cheni has been collected and reared in NARC facility. Shipping labels from APHIS has been obtained and will be mailed to NARC. First shipment of clean colonies (second generation of lab reared adults) of the beetles will be received at the USDA/ARS/IPRL Quarantine Facility #106 during the 3rd week of August 2012. The biological control agent production, initial host testing and shipment of clean colonies has been directly monitored by principal investigator thru regular communication with the collaborating NARC scientists thru telephone and email systems.