Location: Crop Production and Protection
Project Number: 0206-22000-001-38-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement
Start Date: Sep 19, 2013
End Date: Sep 18, 2018
To develop biological control agents against invasive weeds in the United States.
CABI will make exploration trips to the location or locations considered the points of origin of the weeds. There, they will examine what arthropods or pathogens are attacking that plant (i.e., natural enemies). From among the natural enemies of the pest plant, CABI will determine which are significantly damaging to the weed and also likely to be specific for that weed. Working with APHIS regulatory entities, CABI will perform studies of specificity that contribute toward eventual permitting of natural enemies. The work will be conducted from the CABI center in Delemont, Switzerland, but with the potential for activities in other locations.