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Research Project: Biological Control of Invasive Species to the United States

Location: Office of International Research Engagement and Cooperation

Project Number: 0210-22310-007-031-A
Project Type: Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jun 1, 2021
End Date: Jul 31, 2022

To develop environmentally safe and effective biological control agents for the management of several invasive weed species in the U.S.

High-priority invasive weed species cause millions of dollars' of economic loss in agricultural systems, and also cause environmental damage by reducing native biodiversity and associated ecosystem services. Through this agreement, USDA and CABI aim to develop safe and effective biological control agents for some of these weed species. New and already-known insect biological control agents will be tested for their environmental safety and likely impact on the target weeds. Rearing protocols for these biological control agents will be established in view of establishing colonies in quarantine facilities in the U.S. prior to release. Provided the selected agents are judged environmentally safe, petitions for field release will be prepared for submission to USDA, Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for comment.