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Research Project: Enhanced Mitigation and Rapid Response to Reduce Spread and Impact of Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) in the United States

Location: Innovative Fruit Production, Improvement, and Protection

Project Number: 8080-21000-032-041-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: May 5, 2023
End Date: May 4, 2024

Critical biological, ecological and behavioral knowledge gaps on SLF still need to be addressed to enable Federal regulatory agencies, State Departments of Agriculture and researchers to develop enhanced mitigation and rapid response against SLF to reduce its spread and impact. The objective for this work aims to improve detection and mitigation by enhancing biosurveillance tools and improve the understanding of season-long dispersal and host use patterns of the invasive Spotted Lanternfly.

The plan for this project is to: 1) identify potentially attractive semiochemicals for use in monitoring lures; 2) determine nymph and adult retention on modes of transportation to model rate of spread by Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) hitchhikers; 3) evaluate SLF dispersal using unmanned aerial systems (UASs) in various habitats (suburban, forested, row crop, etc.) surrounding vineyards and orchards; and 4) link host patterns with dispersal events.