Scientists Seek Farm Collaborators for Bagrada Study

The laboratory of Dr. Brian Hogg of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service in Albany, California, is seeking sites for Bagrada bug research in California. 
 
Any cole crop fields or weed patches that are currently infested with Bagrada bug would work for our purposes. We are investigating whether native predators or parasitic wasps attack Bagrada bug eggs as part of our efforts to develop a biological control program for Bagrada bug. We would put out frozen Bagrada bug eggs (dead, so there is no possibility of spreading the bug around) on index cards and leave them out for three days, on a monthly basis, from July to October.
 
We would also appreciate reports of any Bagrada bug infestations. We have collaborators across the state and would be interested to hear about Bagrada bug infestations anywhere in California, though time constraints prevent us from visiting sites more than four hours’ drive from the San Francisco area. 
 
Any growers interested in participating in research can contact Brian Hogg at brian.hogg@ars.usda.gov. All growers are invited to report Bagrada bug infestations to Dr. Hogg as well.
 
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This article was submitted by the laboratory of Brian Hogg, USDA-ARS.

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