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Research Project: Preemptive Biological Control of a High-Risk Invasive Longhorn Beetle

Location: Beneficial Insects Introduction Research Unit

Project Number: 8010-22000-031-075-A
Project Type: Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 25, 2023
End Date: Sep 23, 2024

The primary purpose of this agreeement is to provide first survey to discover native natural enemies (parasitoids) of red-necked longhorned beetle in South Korea.

Field surveys for native parasitoids of red-necked longhorned beetle (RLB) in South Korea will be conducted from July to September each year using two different methods: (1) direct collections of parasitized host eggs or larvae by removing hosts from naturally infested trees; and (2) using sentinel logs infested with RLB eggs (and adult beetles) or young larvae to attract the parasitoids in the field. All collected material will be returned to the laboratory and held until emergence of any natural enemies. Cooperator will assist ARS PI when traveling in South Korea to locate suitable field sites, prepare collecting cages and sentinel logs, and engage in field collections to obtain live material for identifications. All collected parasitoids will be identified to species and evaluated in collaborator's lab in South Korea to document the native parasitoid species of RLB.