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Research Project: Exploration for Natural Enemies of Invasive Species Originating from China and the Surrounding Areas

Location: European Biological Control Laboratory

Project Number: 0212-22000-028-10-A
Project Type: Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: May 30, 2019
End Date: May 29, 2024

Objective:
To search for, identify, and evaluate the potential of natural enemies of pest insects, weeds, and plant diseases that affect Chinese and U.S. agriculture.

Approach:
Survey for, collect and identify natural enemies of agricultural and landscape pests. Make field collections, establish laboratory colonies when needed, and ship candidate agents to the U.S. for further evaluation. Conduct preliminary host specificity tests on promising parasites, predators, and beneficial microorganisms. Collect, colonize, and ship to the U.S. candidates found to be safe. Cooperate with USDA and State laboratories in future collections for shipment and evaluation for release. Collect natural enemies attacking pests at differing host densities and climatic zones. All natural enemies selected for shipment will be sent directly to State or Federal quarantine facilities in the U.S. for further evaluation. Both Chinese and American scientists share the same right of obtaining biological control agents collected from the two countries. Assist in obtaining the necessary regulatory agency permissions for exporting live material from China.