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Research Project: Identify Volatile Chemicals Based on Plant Origin to Manage Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Population

Location: Invasive Insect Biocontrol & Behavior Laboratory

Project Number: 8042-22000-291-07-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 28, 2016
End Date: Sep 30, 2018

Objective:
Identify and isolate volatile chemicals based on plant origin, including attractants / feeding deterrents / repellents / pesticides for management of brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) population. Electrophysiological / physiological / behavior activities of potential attractants / feeding deterrents / repellents / pesticides will be evaluated under the laboratory conditions. The candidate’s attractants / feeding deterrents / repellents / pesticides will be optimized using different formulations for field tests.

Approach:
Team members will collaborate to identify attractants / feeding deterrents / repellents / pesticides for BMSB that can be integrated and translated into behavioral manipulation strategies and used in IPM programs to manage this invasive pest in an environmentally and economically sustainable manner by: 1) collecting volatiles from natural source and conduct chemical analyses to identify potential active compounds (attractants / feeding deterrents / repellents / pesticides) from natural sources; 2) conducting electrophysiological / physiological / behavior bioassays to evaluate attractive / repellent / toxic activities; 3) writing report for publication; 4) working with commercial companies to enable rapid commercialization of technologies.