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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Host-specificity Testing of Natural Enemies of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), Halyomorpha halys (Stål) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae)

Location: Beneficial Insects Introduction Research

Project Number: 8010-22000-026-19
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: Oct 01, 2012
End Date: Sep 30, 2013

Objective:
The objectives of this project are to conduct host-specificity testing of promising exotic natural enemies of BMSB on high-priority native pentatomids, and apply for release permits for those species that are specific to BMSB.

Approach:
Participate cooperatively with scientists at selected locations in the U.S. to assess exotic natural enemies for biological control of BMSB by: developing host test lists, establishing protocols for the evaluations, initiating colonies of native stink bugs to support host-specificity testing; providing biological control agents from USDA-ARS-BIIR cultures to cooperators, developing methods for conclusively identifying the agents including coordinating with taxonomists, and conducting host-specificity testing of candidate biological control agents to support petitions for filed release.

Last Modified: 11/22/2014
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