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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Research Project: Evaluation of Biological Control Agents for Russian Thistle and Scotch Thistle

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.

Last Modified: 2/23/2016
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