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Research Project: Monitoring for the Presence and Impact of Trissolcus japonicus – Classical Biological Control of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB)

Location: Beneficial Insects Introduction Research Unit

Project Number: 8010-22000-030-24-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: Jul 15, 2018
End Date: Jul 14, 2019

Objective:
The objectives of this project are to continue to monitor the spread and establishment and impact of Trissolcus japonicus, the Asian egg parasitoid of BMSB. Under the authority of 7 USC 3319a, ARS desires to acquire goods and personnel services from the Cooperators to further agricultural research supporting the independent interests of both parties. A subagreement will serve as an order for services to be funded on an annual basis.

Approach:
Participate cooperatively with scientists at selected locations in the U.S. to assess the presence and establishment of exotic natural enemies for biological control of BMSB by: developing methods for conclusively identifying the agents including coordinating with taxonomists, providing conclusive identifications, and and conducting surveys and field experiments to assess the parasitoid’s impact in the field.