Location: Invasive Plant Research Laboratory
Project Number: 6032-22000-011-53-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Aug 6, 2012
End Date: Jun 2, 2013
Develop safe and effective biological control agents for Waterhyacinth and Waterlettuce.
Receive or hand carry shipments from overseas, develop rearing methods to colonize insects in quarantine, conduct risk assessment analysis in quarantine to determine suitability for safe biological control introductions. Suitability will be determined by describing the agents physiological host range using an array of choice and no-choice feeding, oviposition, and development trials on North American plant species, analyze data and petition regulatory agencies for release permit, establish and evaluate agents in field sites around Florida using long-term permanent plots, repeated releases and sampling, and specialized caging and insecticide check methods.