PI(s): Kok, Loke T (Project Leader)

Investigators: McAvoy, Tom J. (Investigator), Mays, Warren T (Investigator)

Abstract: Impact of biological control agents on nontarget plant species and their associated insects will be studied at selected field sites. Counts of biological control agents will be recorded on nontarget plants. Impact on target and nontarget plant diversity and density will be determined by measuring changes in plant diversity at the selected sites. Statewide surveys will be conducted on the distribution of the established biological control agents.

Description:The overall goal and objectives are to determine the:(1) long term impact of introduced biological control agents on target and nontarget plant species, the insects associated with them, plant diversity, and (2) statewide distribution of the established biological control agents