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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Research Project: Biological Control and Sustainable Management of Invasive Pests

Location: Insect Behavior and Biocontrol Research Unit

Project Number: 6036-22000-026-17
Project Type: Nonfunded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Dec 11, 2012
End Date: Dec 31, 2016

Objective:
To conduct joint research on biological control and integrated pest management of insect pests such as whiteflies and lepidopteran pests in horticultural and forest systems that are of mutual interest between ARS, UFV, and FAMU scientists in the US and Brazil. To build human capacity through research training and experiential learning of students from UFV and FAMU. To exchange scientific information between scientists, faculty, and students at UFV, FAMU, and USDA through visits, seminars, workshops, and outreach activities.

Approach:
We will evaluate alternative management strategies such as plant and horticultural petroleum oils, repellent plants, biorational chemicals, entomopathogens, and other methods to control invasive pests such as whiteflies and lepidopteran pests in horticultural and forest systems. Effects of these chemicals, biopesticides, entomopathogens and oils will be tested on non target insects such as beneficial predators and parasitoids. Laboratory experiments will involve use of the Potter Spray Tower to test various chemicals and different rates against the pest and natural enemies. Olfactometer studies will allow studies on repellency of oils and plants against whiteflies and lepidopteran pests. Greenhouse and field experiments will be conducted to determine the effect of habitat manipulation, companion crops and refuge planting as part of “push-pull strategies” to control invasive pests while attracting beneficial natural enemies. Two or more graduate students from UFV will work in USDA-ARS and at the Center for Biological Control at FAMU as visiting research scholar students for a certain period. Research conducted at USDA-ARS may be part of the graduate student’s thesis at UFV in Brazil. Scientific information will be exchanged between scientists, students, and faculty at USDA, UFV, and FAMU through seminars, workshops, and outreach activities.

Last Modified: 10/25/2014
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