Location: Invasive Plant Research Laboratory
Project Number: 6032-22000-011-49-R
Project Type: Reimbursable
Start Date: Jun 19, 2012
End Date: Jun 3, 2013
1. To determine the laboratory host range of agents selected for assessment, the first being Idiophantis sp. 2. To assess the data and discern the safety of releasing agents in Florida for biological control. 3. To prepare and release permitted insects for distribution and field evaluation in Florida.
The methods for determining the laboratory host range of agents will follow the guidelines for experimental methodology and analysis in the Reviewer’s Manual for the Technical Advisory Group [TAG] for Biological Control Agents of Weeds (http://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export/plants/manuals/ports/downloads/tag.pdf). Specifically no-choice (starvation) tests to determine whether agents will complete development on nontarget species will be conducted. Should development occur, further tests of whether species will sustain agents for multiple generations will be made. If the laboratory host range of an agent is specific, then a petition for its release will be prepared and submitted to USDA APHIS PPQ for review by TAG. Approved agents will be transferred to scientists in Ft. Lauderdale for field release and evaluation.