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Research Project: Establishment and evaluation of Brazilian peppertree biological control (PPA7721-6.0008.01)

Location: Invasive Plant Research Laboratory

Project Number: 6032-22000-013-093-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: May 1, 2022
End Date: Sep 30, 2022

Objective:
1. Maintain laboratory colonies of the Brazilian pepper biological control agents. 2. Mass produce and release the Brazilian pepper biological control agents. 3. Confirm safety of the Brazilian pepper biological control agents.

Approach:
1. Establishment of field populations of newly approved agents by mass production of laboratory colonies and release onto groomed field plants. 2. Improve mass production with examination of optimal plant fertilizer levels. 3. Measure impact of biological control on the weed by measuring plant demographic parameters. 4. Confirm quarantine host range testing by exposing vulnerable plants integrated in a garden of the host weed.