Project Details:

Title:
Survey and Monitoring of the Mexican Bean Beetle Population in Soybeans in Central and Southern NJ, for the Purpose of Biological Control Using the Laboratory Reared Parasitic Wasp and Survey for the

Parent Project: This is the first year of this project.
Checkoff Organization:New Jersey Soybean Board
Categories:Insects and pests, Education
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Project Year:2020
Lead Principal Investigator:Wayne Hudson (New Jersey Department of Agriculture)
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Project Summary

Survey and Monitoring of the Mexican Bean Beetle, Epilachna varivestis (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) Population in Soybeans in Central and Southern New Jersey, for the purpose of Biological control using the laboratory reared Parasitic Wasp Pediobis foveolatus (Hymenoptera:Eulophidae); Survey for the Spotted Latern Fly Lycorma delicatula (Hemiptera;Fulgordae) Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, Halymorpha halys (Hemiptera:Pentatomidae); and the Kudzu Bug, Megacopta cribaria (Hemiptera:Plataspidae) in Central and Southern New Jersey Soybeans.

Project Objectives

Survey and Monitoring of the Mexican Bean Beetle, Epilachna varivestis (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) Population in Soybeans in Central and Southern New Jersey, for the purpose of Biological control using the laboratory reared Parasitic Wasp Pediobis foveolatus (Hymenoptera:Eulophidae); Survey for the Spotted Latern Fly Lycorma delicatula (Hemiptera;Fulgordae) Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, Halymorpha halys (Hemiptera:Pentatomidae); and the Kudzu Bug, Megacopta cribaria (Hemiptera:Plataspidae) in Central and Southern New Jersey Soybeans.

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Benefit to Soybean Farmers

Using the parasitoids has resulted in an estimated savings of $1.2 million (in 2010 dollars) in insecticide costs for soybean farmers every year since 1981. There has also been a significant decline in the Mexican Bean Beetle population since the 1980's resulting in less time on the tractor and in the fields.

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