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Location: Innovative Fruit Production, Improvement and Protection

2011 Annual Report

1a. Objectives (from AD-416)
We will hold a two-day formal Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) working group meeting that will provide a forum for sharing the latest research results and field observations, and establish research, extension, and regulatory priorities.

1b. Approach (from AD-416)
We will invite participants including stakeholders, government researchers, university researchers and extension personnel, regulatory officials, pest control operators, and private consultants to participate in the BMSB working group meeting. The meeting will include formal presentations and establishment of research, extension, and regulatory priorities for BMSB. Priorities will be provided to the Northeast IPM Center.

3. Progress Report
In June 2010, a formal Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Working Group Meeting was held at the Appalachian Fruit Research Station (AFRS), Kearneysville, WV. Participants included key research and extension personnel from USDA-ARS, Rutgers University, Penn State University, University of Delaware, University of Maryland, and Virginia Tech. Stakeholders included tree fruit growers from VA and WV, an organic vegetable grower from WV, a hotel manager from the Eastern Panhandle of WV, and the owner of a pest control company in NJ. Thirty participants attended the meeting, which was held over two days. Day 1, participants delivered relevant presentations encompassing BMSB research, field observations, stakeholder concerns, or other critical information. Day 2, the group convened to establish research, extension, and regulatory priorities for the BMSB. The group generated a comprehensive list of research, extension, and regulatory priorities, and subsequently each participant ranked them within each category. Those results were tallied and presented to the group. An overall list of priorities was generated based on inclusion and rank assigned by each participant. The meeting ended with a discussion of collaborations, grants, and future endeavors. In November 2010, a second formal BMSB Working Group Meeting was held at the Alson H. Smith Agricultural Research and Extension Center (AREC), Winchester, VA. Research and extension personnel from USDA-ARS, Rutgers University, Penn State University, Cornell University, University of Florida, North Carolina State University, Oregon State University, University of Maryland, and Virginia Tech, as well as commercial research industry professionals, commercial and organic growers, and USDA-APHIS, EPA- IR-4, and Northeastern IPM Center attended the meeting, which totaled 80 participants. They delivered presentations that discussed the impact of the BMSB in agriculture and human environment. The BMSB Working Group membership has doubled since the first meeting. During the meeting, members related that the BMSB has been documented as causing severe economic injury to tree fruit (apples, peaches, nectarines, and Asian and European pears) in the mid-Atlantic during the 2010 growing season. In addition, serious problems were detected in tomatoes, peppers, sweet corn, field corn, soybeans raspberries, and grapes. Conventional and organic growers relayed their concerns regarding the difficulty of managing the BMSB on their farms. Increased incidence of rots in stone fruit and grape were reported despite a very dry growing season with the BMSB feeding injury being implicated. There have been reports of the BMSB inadvertently probing humans and blisters developing at the site of adults accidently crushed beneath clothing. The Working Group participated in a phone call with the EPA to discuss candidate compounds for potential Section 18 label exemptions. Many members of the group also worked on the development of a Specialty Crop Research Initiative Proposal that will be submitted to USDA-NIFA in January 2011. The ADODR has monitored activities through emails, site visits, and calls.

4. Accomplishments

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