Location: Insect Behavior and Biocontrol Research
Project Number: 6036-22000-031-05-N
Project Type: Nonfunded Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Jun 3, 2013
End Date: May 31, 2017
To conduct applied research on pest management of pests in horticultural and row crop systems that are of mutual interest between ARS, Alabama A&M Univ. and Florida A&M Univ. (FAMU) scientists. To build human capacity through research training and experimential learning of students from Alabama A&M Univ. and FAMU. To exchange scientific information between scientists, faculty and students at Alabama A&M Univ., FAMU and USDA through visits, seminars, workshops and outreach activities.
We will evaluate alternative management strategies such as trap cropping, host plant resistance, and biocontrol in horticultural and row crop systems such as canola. Greenhouse and large scale on-farm field experiments will be conducted to determine the effect of these integrated management tactics to control invasive pests such as whiteflies, tarnished plant bug, aphids and others, while attracting pollinators and beneficial natural enemies such as green lacewings, ladybeetles and parasites. Scientific information will be exchanged between scientists, students and faculty at USDA, Alabama A&M Univ. and FAMU through seminars, workshops and outreach activities. Results of the studies will be presented to stakeholders such as resource-limited and small farm producers, and sustainable growers in Alabama, Florida and the southeast during field days, training workshops and seminar presentations.