1a. Objectives (from AD-416):
We propose to: 1) hold a two-day meeting of the entire Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Working Group membership to continuously evaluate existing and document new problems posed by BMSB; 2) refine priorities based on new information and perceived threats; and 3) hold a specific session dedicated to the development of priorities to serve the needs of the general public and strategies for delivering needed information.
1b. Approach (from AD-416):
The BMSB IPM Working Group has established itself as the primary platform for facilitating and coordinating research and outreach efforts for BMSB across the United States. The first formal BMSB Working Group meeting was held at the Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, WV, in June, 2010. Though much of the content has centered on agricultural problems, homeowners and consumers are affected as BMSB infests homes and destroys backyard gardens. We plan to address their concerns as well in 2013.
3. Progress Report:
The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), Halyomorpha halys (Stal), is an invasive insect that has emerged as a 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.