The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), is a major invasive polyphagous pest of many economically important crops throughout the mid-Atlantic states. Control tactics are difficult and generally include repeated chemical sprays. However, with the potential risks pesticides pose to the environment and non-target organisms, more research is needed onBMSB behavior, seasonal biology, economic impact, and alternative control methods. Here we propose to: a) assess the extent and nature of injury caused by BMSB on vegetables, tree fruit, blueberries, and grapes, b) develop and compare monitoring methods (light based/pheromone based traps, visual and knockdown assessments) for BMSB that can be used to assess emergence from overwintering sites, conduct population assessments and evaluate movement between different crops, c) determine the potential for biological control of the BMSB, d) develop best management practices for the BMSB in fruit, e) deliver research based IPM recommendations to growers, f) determine host plant characteristics that impact attractiveness to BMSB and identify species that could potentially be used as a trap crop, etc., and g) identify the impacts of insecticide applications to manage BMSB on non-targets insects.
|Effective start/end date||10/1/13 → 9/30/18|
- National Institute of Food and Agriculture (National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA))