Location: Invasive Plant Research Laboratory
Project Number: 6032-22000-011-26-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Jul 10, 2008
End Date: Jul 10, 2013
To reduce the invasibility and dominance of Brazilian pepper in agricultural and natural areas of the U.S. through the use of biologically based IPM.
Conduct foreign explorations to identify and prioritize potential agents for biological control. Testing will be conducted to determine suitability for safe biological control introductions. Suitability will be determined through feeding/oviposition/developmental trials on related plant species available in South America. Priority will be given to species that show a high level of specificity for the target weed and pose minimal risk to desirable plant species.