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:
The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), Halyomorpha halys (Stal), is an invasive insect that has emerged as pest of unprecedented importance to specialty crops in the United States. Currently, BMSB is well established throughout the mid-Atlantic and has been officially detected in 40 states. The fifth and sixth formal BMSB Working Group meetings were held at the Carroll County Extension Center, Westminster, MD, on June 12-13, 2012 and in Winchester, VA, on November 27, 2012, respectively. Research and extension personnel from USDA-ARS, Rutgers University, Penn State University, Cornell University, North Carolina State University, University of Maryland, Virginia Tech, University of Delaware, as well as commercial research industry professionals, commercial and organic growers, and PROCINORTE, USDA-APHIS and EPA, EPA-IR-4, and Northeastern IPM Center attended the meetings. Participants delivered presentations discussing research and regulatory updates. Regulatory representatives discussed updates with regard to potential release of classical biological control candidates and insecticides. Research projects on voltinism, translation of the Asian literature, natural enemies, trap development, and overwintering biology added to the content. A special section dedicated to consumer concerns revealed issues surrounding management of BMSB in schools and challenges faced by pest control operators. A study aimed at efficacy of “off the shelf” traps for homeowners was presented. Over 100 people were in attendance at both meetings, and BMSB Working Group membership has doubled since the first meeting held in June 2010.