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Research Project: Biological Control of Spotted Lanternfly – FY22

Location: Beneficial Insects Introduction Research Unit

Project Number: 8010-22000-033-071-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: Aug 1, 2022
End Date: Aug 31, 2023

Objective:
The goal of this project is to identify effective exotic natural enemies of the invasive spotted lanternfly and assess their suitability as candidate biocontrol agents in the U.S. Spotted lanternfly has established in NE states and continues to expand its range in the U.S. Lanternfly populations in its native Asian range are considerably lower than in the invaded range, possibly due to its natural enemies.

Approach:
• Conduct foreign exploration for natural enemies in Asia (in coordination with APHIS and Korean partners). • Participate in planning and coordination of Korean cooperator surveys to discover new natural enemies (parasitoids) of SLF, identify the natural host range of the SLF parasitoids, and identify species that could be imported to U.S. for evaluation as candidate agents in the U.S. • Participate in planning studies to determine the impact of SLF natural enemies in Korea. • At Newark, conduct behavioral studies on host location and host specificity of Korean natural enemies.