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Research Project: Utilizing Environmental DNA (eDNA) as a Biosurveillance Tool for Spotted Lanternfly

Location: Innovative Fruit Production, Improvement, and Protection

Project Number: 8080-21000-032-019-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Aug 1, 2020
End Date: Jul 31, 2022

The objective for this project is to compare standardized trapping tools with eDNA as a means to detect the invasive spotted lanternfly (SLF) in areas where population density is low or their presence is unknown.

Standard biosurveillance traps will be installed on host trees of SLF at sites with known and with no known populations. Traps will be monitored for SLF presence. Additionally, eDNA samples will be taken at both sites using standard sampling protocols. Samples will be processed to determine if SLF eDNA is present or absent. Sensitivity of standard traps and eDNA samples will be compared.