Location: Crop Production and Protection
Project Number: 0206-22000-003-04-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Jan 31, 2020
End Date: Dec 30, 2024
Discover and develop biological control agents for invasive terrestrial and aquatic weeds, with emphasis on those invasive to Florida.
Travel within Australasia, SE Asia, and China to a range of habitats to identify, collect and evaluate potential biocontrol agents of target invasive weeds in consultation with the ARS PI. Current targets will include the climbing fern, Lygodium microphyllum, downy rose myrtle, Rhodomyrtus tomentosa, Melaleuca and hydrilla, Hydrilla verticillata. Promising candidate agents will be shipped to U.S. cooperators for further study and development at U.S. quarantine facilities.