Location: Invasive Plant Research Laboratory
Project Number: 6032-22000-012-11-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Mar 1, 2012
End Date: Feb 28, 2017
To obtain biological control agents of air potato, skunk vine, and old-world climbing fern.
Survey air potato, skunk vine, and old-world climbing fern populations in various parts of Nepal, conduct preliminary studies on biology and taxonomy, rear, and ship (collaborators will obtain shipping permit from appropriate Nepalese agency) to USDA/ARS Quarantine Facility #106 (using Principal Investigator's [PI] APHIS permit) for further evaluation of their host specificity and biocontrol efficacy. Collaborators from the Nepal Agricultural Research Council will work according to published criteria and in close contact with the PI.