Whole Farm Organic Management of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug and Other Pentatomids Through Habitat Manipulation
Appalachian Fruit Research Laboratory: Innovative Fruit Production, Improvement and Protection
Project Number: 1931-21000-024-29
Start Date: Sep 01, 2012
End Date: Aug 31, 2015
The objective of this project is to develop management strategies for organic growers based on: 1) habitat manipulation; 2) organic management tactics including barriers and OMRI-approved materials; 3) biological control; 4) establish mobility of the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) life stages; and 5) extension and outreach efforts.
We will focus our efforts on objective 4, establishing mobility of BMSB life stages. We will use flight mills interfaced with appropriate computer software to measure flight capacity of adults. We will use mark-release-recapture techniques to evaluate nymphal dispersal capabilities. In addition, we will establish the cues used by adults to select human-made overwintering sites.