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Research Project: Integrated Pest Management of Diamondback Moth (DBM) on Cole Crops

Location: European Biological Control Laboratory

Project Number: 0212-22000-030-011-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Nov 1, 2021
End Date: Apr 30, 2024

Initiate the development of a sustainable classical biological control program for diamond back moth (DBM) on cole crops in California by locating and screening co-evolved natural enemies from the native geographic range of this invasive pest.

1. Collect co-evolved parasitoids of DBM from geographic areas in Europe and in Africa and maintain stock cultures of these parasitoids at the USDA-EBCL quarantine facility in France. If such transfer is deemed appropriate, an MTA will be developed for the transfer. 2. Collected parasitoids will be identified using standard taxonomic/molecular tools and reared exclusively on DBM. 3. Perform a series of lab-based experiments to evaluate the performance of these co-evolved parasitoids.