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Research Project: Evaluating the Impact of Asian Parasitoids of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug on Native Predatory Pentatomid Species

Location: Beneficial Insects Introduction Research Unit

Project Number: 8010-22000-030-07-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Aug 1, 2015
End Date: Sep 30, 2018

Objective:
Evaluate the potential impact of Asian parasitoids imported into the US as candidate biological control agents of Halyomorpha halys on field-populations of selected native, non-target predatory stink bugs.

Approach:
Field and laboratory research will be conducted to evaluate the behavioral and ecological impact of selected Asian parasitoids of Halyomorpha halys on non-target predatory stink bugs (such as the spined soldier bug) and their native enemies. Such research may include investigation of the role of kairomones and other cues for habitat and host location by Asian parasitoids, interactions with native parasitoids, and other ecological and behavioral factors determined to be important in non-target host finding and acceptance.