Location: Invasive Plant Research Laboratory
Project Number: 6032-22000-011-29-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Oct 1, 2009
End Date: Sep 30, 2014
Develop safe and effective biological control agents of Melaleuca quinquenervia and other invasive weeds.
The following are the performance steps of a classical biological control investigation: 1. Survey and identify the pest's native range for list of herbivores that attack the pest plant. 2. Identify the best potential biocontrol agents based on field observations, preliminary lab tests, and information from local scientists. 3. Conduct preliminary host-range tests on most promising candidate in native country to obtain permission to import to U.S. quarantine. 4. Complete host-range tests in U.S. quarantine to ensure safety of the organism relative to local native plants, agricultural crops, and ornamental. 5. Petition Federal Technical Advisory Group for permission to release in the U.S. Also, obtain permission from necessary State agencies. 6. Culture agents that are approved to have sufficient numbers to release at field sites. Test release strategies to determine best method.