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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Natural Enemies of Wood-Boring Insect Pests in Southwest China

Location: Beneficial Insects Introduction Research

Project Number: 1926-22000-023-25
Project Type: Nonfunded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 29, 2013
End Date: Sep 30, 2017

Objective:
To survey key natural enemies of wood-boring insects such as longhorned beetles (Cerambycidae), jewel beetles (Buprestidae) and ambrosia beetles (Curculionidae) that are already invasive and those considered at high-risk of becoming invasive in the U.S. or China.

Approach:
Forest sites with closely related tree species (congeners) native to China and/or North America will be selected. Congener species (one Asian, one North American) of deciduous trees will be located, and/or artificially stressed to attract wood-boring insects and their natural enemies. All wood-boring insects infesting these stressed trees will be sampled, collected and identified together with associated egg and larval parasitoids in the spring, summer, and/or late fall.

Last Modified: 9/2/2014
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