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Research Project: Development of Regulatory Treatments for Imported Fire Ants (IFA) in Nursery Stock, 2017-2018

Location: Imported Fire Ant and Household Insects Research

Project Number: 6036-32000-048-23-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: May 1, 2018
End Date: Jul 31, 2019

Objective:
To support the Federal Imported Fire Ant (IFA) Quarantine (7CFR 301.81) through the development of IFA quarantine treatments primarily for field grown, balled-and-burlapped (B&B) and containerized nursery stock.

Approach:
Refine and/or develop infield Ball & Burlap fire ant quarantine treatment methods initially developed by APHIS-PPQ. Specific insecticide products and rates will be based on previous studies. APHIS approved testing protocols will provide guidance on obtaining acceptable data packages for the evaluation of quarantine treatments. Specific approaches, subject to modification if required, include, but not limited to: 1) laboratory bioassays with fire ant reproductives of treated soil or potting media proved by Tennessee cooperator; 2) Evaluate fire ant behavioral responses to individual in-field mound treatments of injection or drench applications; 3) Design and test potential treatments for unique pot-in-pot nursery system by initially assessing traditional container type drench treatments; and 4) Investigate novel fire ant control, application, and management techniques that may have application to the Imported Fire Ant (IFA) Quarantine, for example water resistant fire ant baits.