Location: Beneficial Insects Introduction Research
Project Number: 8010-22000-026-19-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement
Start Date: Oct 1, 2012
End Date: Sep 30, 2013
The objectives of this project are to conduct host-specificity testing of promising exotic natural enemies of BMSB on high-priority native pentatomids, and apply for release permits for those species that are specific to BMSB.
Participate cooperatively with scientists at selected locations in the U.S. to assess exotic natural enemies for biological control of BMSB by: developing host test lists, establishing protocols for the evaluations, initiating colonies of native stink bugs to support host-specificity testing; providing biological control agents from USDA-ARS-BIIR cultures to cooperators, developing methods for conclusively identifying the agents including coordinating with taxonomists, and conducting host-specificity testing of candidate biological control agents to support petitions for filed release.