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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Evaluation of Parasitoid Guilds and Their Contribution to Mortality of the Emerald Ash Borer in Its Native Range, Northeastern China

Location: Beneficial Insects Introduction Research

Project Number: 1926-22000-023-07
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: May 01, 2011
End Date: May 01, 2014

Objective:
(1) Survey and collection of natural enemies (parasitoids) associated with emerald ash borers and buprestids infesting ash (Fraxinus spp) trees; (2) Import natural enemies to U.S. for quarantine evaluation; and (3) Investigate the role of natural enemies in regulating the pest populations.

Approach:
Investigate natural enemies of emerald ash borers on girdled ash trees in Russia at several suitable study sites determined from the previous study. Inventory and collect natural enemies attacking the target pest, assess role in population dynamics of pest, set priorities for importation, and ship promising species to Newark for further study. Monitor and sample selected sites intensively to determine the role of natural enemies in population dynamics. Hand carry or ship by air freight, natural enemies to U.S.

Last Modified: 4/23/2014
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