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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Biological Control of Air Potato (Dioscorea bulbifera) in Florida Using the Asian Leaf Beetles Lilioceris cheni and Lilioceris egena

Location: Invasive Plant Research Laboratory

Project Number: 6629-22000-011-61
Project Type: Reimbursable

Start Date: Oct 22, 2013
End Date: May 06, 2014

Objective:
1. Conduct host specificity tests of Lilioceris egena. 2. Assess Lilioceris cheni impacts.

Approach:
Use standard methods to complete L. egena host-specificity testing. Conduct replicated releases of different numbers of L. cheni on the east and west coasts of Florida. Within these sites, track establishment success, impact on air potato, and dispersal from the point of release.

Last Modified: 9/29/2014
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