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Research Project: Surveys for Biological Control Agents of Cattle Fever Ticks in China

Location: Livestock Arthropod Pests Research

Project Number: 3094-32000-039-74-N
Project Type: Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Mar 15, 2016
End Date: Sep 30, 2019

Objective:
Conduct field exploration for classical biological control agents of cattle fever ticks in China using host animal exposure techniques described by ARS scientists at the Cattle Fever Tick Research Laboratory and the Knipling-Bushland U.S. Livestock Insects Research Laboratory. Optimal locations for field exploration should be in places like Yunnan province where exposure techniques can be tested in forest habitats with wild host animals (deer) away from acaricide treated cattle.

Approach:
Cattle infested with cattle fever ticks, Rhipicephalus microplus, will be exposed in natural environments to attract potential biological control agents. Optimal locations for field exploration should be in places like Yunnan province where exposure techniques can be tested in forest habitats with wild host animals (deer) away from acaricide treated cattle.