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Research Project: Enhanced Mitigation and Rapid Response to Reduce Spread and Impact of Spotted Lanternfly in the United States

Location: Innovative Fruit Production, Improvement, and Protection

Project Number: 8080-21000-032-029-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: Jun 1, 2020
End Date: May 31, 2022

Objective:
The objectives for this project will be to: 1) determine if spotted lanternfly (SLF) can complete development on single versus mixed host diets; 2) develop a sustainable SLF colony; and 3) develop a reliable and sensitive trapping system for SLF.

Approach:
For objective 1, we will evaluate SLF survivorship and development on single versus mixed diets that include tree of heaven (TOH) in a quarantine greenhouse beginning with newly hatched first instar nymphs. For objective 2, we will evaluate the efficacy of a whole tree TOH system for rearing SLF and determine if growth regulators can be used to break egg stage diapause. For objective 3, we will evaluate novel behaviorally-compatible trap designs at low and high density sites, and identify potential novel sources of attractants for SLF based on field-collected headspace volatiles associated with SLF feeding on key host plants.