Location: Insect Behavior and Biocontrol Research
Project Number: 6036-22000-031-02-N
Project Type: Nonfunded Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Aug 10, 2012
End Date: Aug 9, 2017
Study the feasibility of the biological control of the Argentine Cactus Moth, Cactoblastis cactorum, in the USA.
Explorations for potential cactus moth biological control agents will be conducted in Argentina, primarily the newly identified braconid wasp Apanteles opuntiarum. Living colonies of the natural enemies in their cactus moth hosts will be shipped to Florida quarantine facilities (Center for Medical, Agricultural, and Veterinary Entomology and/or Florida Department of Plant Industry). Studies on biology, host specificity, and efficacy will be conducted on the potential biological control agents. Any other information necessary to obtain permission to release the biological control agent will be obtained.