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Research Project: Systematics Research Support for Economically Important Bark and Ambrosia Beetles

Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory

Project Number: 8042-22000-269-02-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Aug 15, 2018
End Date: Aug 15, 2023

Objective:
The objective of this cooperative research project is to train and develop students and research associates in the systematics of economically and/or agriculturally important insects, especially bark and ambrosia beetles provide diagnostics of these insects to cooperating institutions, scientists and stakeholders. The Cooperator has expertise we do not have in bark and ambrosia beetles, a group of insects important to quarantine at U.S. ports, many of which are notorious invasive pests and possible vectors of plant pathogens.

Approach:
ARS will help design research projects in systematics, aid in the recruitment of students, serve as advisors, and provide specimens for systematic study. The Cooperator will recruit students and/or research associates to conduct systematics research, train students in the methodology and techniques of systematic research, and conduct short-term research to solve emerging issues usually associated with invasive species and help provide bark and ambrosia beetle diagnostics to cooperating institutions, scientists and stakeholders.