Location: Invasive Plant Research Laboratory
Project Number: 6032-22000-011-55-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement
Start Date: Jun 19, 2013
End Date: Dec 31, 2014
1. Determine the safety of a thrips, Pseudophilothrips ichini for biological control of Schinus terebinthifolius in Hawaii. 2. Acquire Hawaiian test plants. 3. Determine if these species are suitable hosts of the thrips.
To determine safety of Pseudophilothrips ichini, no-choice tests will be conducted under maximum quarantine at the USDA/ARS/IPRL facilities in Ft Lauderdale, FL. Quarantine research to evaluate this species for Hawaii will follow the same protocols that we are currently using to determine the suitability of this species for Florida. Testing will focus on plant relatives of Christmas berry, which are at highest risk of use by specialist insect herbivores of S. terebinthifolius.