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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Cooperative Biological Control Introductions Against Exotic Insect Pests of Mutual Interest to China and U.S. (Including Mirid Plant Bugs)

Location: Beneficial Insects Introduction Research

Project Number: 8010-22000-026-02
Project Type: Nonfunded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Feb 01, 2010
End Date: Jan 31, 2015

Objective:
(1) Obtain information on the basic biology, life history and host specificity of natural enemies of invasive insect pests such as mirid plant bugs (Lygus spp., Adelphocoris spp.), brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys), soybean aphid (Aphis glycines), and emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennisi) and other new pests that may arise. (2) Facilitate introduction of natural enemies (parasitic Hymenoptera) of pests of interest to China and the USA. (3) Obtain and ship desired natural enemy species to the cooperators.

Approach:
Assist with field surveys for natural enemies (mainly parasitic Hymenoptera) of target pests (including Adelphocoris lineolatus, Lygus spp., Halyomorpha halys, Aphis glycines, Aphis gossypii, and Agrilus planipennisi) and field collections in the United States or China, depending on where they occur. Collect / provide data on relevant aspects of basic biology, life history, and host specificity of the natural enemies in China or the United States. Obtain Export and Import permits as needed and ship pure colonies of natural enemies (such as Peristenus spp., Tetrastichus spp., Spathius spp., Atanycolous spp.) to the destination country for further testing and/or release against intended target pests.

Last Modified: 11/27/2014
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