Location: Exotic and Invasive Weeds Research
Project Number: 5325-22000-025-02-R
Project Type: Reimbursable
Start Date: Apr 1, 2011
End Date: Dec 31, 2011
Search for arthropods in Central Asia that can be used as biological control agents of Russian thistle and Scotch thistle, and evaluate their host plant specificity.
We will: 1) Conduct choice oviposition experiments on Lixus incanescens and Trichosirocalus briesei; 2) Start field host specificity evaluation of Larinus latus; 3) Collect at least one beetle species from Russian thistle and start host specificity evaluations; 4) Search for new potential agents in Eurasia.