Project Number: 3072-22000-015-16-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Sep 1, 2010
End Date: Aug 31, 2013
The objective of the proposed research is to develop new knowledge on the ecology and biology of biological control agents of cereal aphids.
We will assess the effectiveness of key biological control agents in traditional and emerging small grain crop production systems and elucidate the intra- and extra-field processes that influence their population dynamics. More specifically, we will: (1) elucidate the effect of landscape factors on the population dynamics of the key greenbug parasitoid, Lysephlebus testaceipes; and (2) elucidate the effect of co-occurring cereal aphids on parasitism of greenbug by Lysephlebus testaceipes.