Location: Crop Production and Protection
Project Number: 0206-22000-002-02-S
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Feb 1, 2010
End Date: Jan 31, 2015
Search for, identify, evaluate, and prioritize potential biological control agents for use against weeds of Australian and Southeast Asian origin, with emphasis on weeds that are invasive to South Florida.
Target weeds include Melaleuca quinquenervia, Lygodium microphyllum, Casuarina spp., and other weeds endemic to Australia and Southeast Asia. Natural enemies will be identified by searching the literature and museum collections and by original field surveys. Candidate biological control agents will be evaluated in the laboratory and field. Prioritization of candidates will be based upon host range, as well as biological and ecological studies, according to published criteria and in consultation with the ADODR. Candidates deemed most promising for use against weeds invasive to the United States will be shipped to appropriate Stateside quarantine facilities.