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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Host-Range Testing in Australian Quarantine of Potential Insect Agents for the Biological Control of Old World Climbing Fern (Lygodium microphyllum)

Location: Invasive Plant Research Laboratory

Project Number: 6032-22000-011-64
Project Type: Reimbursable

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

Objective:
1. Continue surveys in Queensland (Cape York), the Northern Territory and Western Australia to ascertain presence of the Bamaga stem borer or other stem boring species. 2. Test any new species found in 2013 surveys in Western Australia and Northern Territory. 3. Collect new populations to bolster rearing and to investigate regional differences. 4. Collect climate data to aid targeted searches for new stem borers and Australia and overseas. This data will be used to refine greenhouse conditions to promote better rearing practices. These practices will be applicable for all stem-boring species and for future work at the IPRL. 5. Collect Neomusotima conspurcatalis, Austromusotima camptozonale and Lygomusotima stria as needed in Southeast Queensland for field release and ongoing research into comparable life histories of these related Lygodium moths. 6. Recollect Hong Kong stem-borer if access and funds allow and continue previously suspended experiments to refine rearing and explore host-specificity.

Approach:
Scientists in Australia will continue to search for and rear potential new biological control agenst for L. microphyllum.

Last Modified: 12/19/2014
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