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Research Project: Exploration in Africa for Biological Control Agents of Guineagrass an Invasive Weed that Facilitates the Survival of Cattle Fever Ticks in So. Texas

Location: Livestock Arthropod Pests Research

Project Number: 3094-32000-042-63-A
Project Type: Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Mar 1, 2020
End Date: Nov 30, 2021

Objective:
Cooperator will assist rearing and preliminary host range testing of candidate biological control agents.

Approach:
Candidate biocontrol agents will be shipped to ARS scientists in Edinburg, TX for preliminary evaluation within quarantine facilities. Agents will be set up in environmental growth chambers for rearing and evaluation. Preliminary host range testing will be conducted to determine of the agents feed on a subset of non-target grasses including Texas native switchgrass, Panicum virgatum. Additional plant-insect interaction techniques such as olfactometry will be used to evaluate host preference.