Page Banner

United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Related Topics

headline bar

Useful Products and Insect Control Measures Under Development in the Invasive Insect Biocontrol and Behavior Laboratory

A variety of useful biocontrol products are currently under development. These include:

  • Virus from parasitic waspMicrobial insecticides containing living pathogens (bacteria, fungi, and viruses), such as a novel insecticidal species of Chromobacterium.
  • Beneficial insects, such as parasites and predators of pest insects and new crop management systems for their use.
  • Natural bio-based products and their formulations, such as feeding attractants and deterrents of pest insects and sex pheromones to disrupt mating.
  • Artificial diet for insectsProducts enabling research and discovery, such as specialized artificial insect diets for pest insect species, and a large number of continuous cell lines from more than a dozen species of insects developed for use in protein expression systems or in testing of biologically active materials.
  • Modern research systems, such as new methods to modify insect cells and a method to detect transgenic proteins.
  • Methods for selecting insect-resistant plant varieties including crops producing pathogen-derived insecticidal compounds.
  • Insect cell in culture We welcome inquiries from interested parties concerning any of these materials.


Beltsville Area Technology Transfer Office

Last Modified: 8/12/2016
Footer Content Back to Top of Page