UCANR and CDFA Researchers Make Progress In Fight Against Stink Bugs

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (URANR) and California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) researchers are developing a biological method of pest control to combat the threat posed by brown marmorated stink bugs. The team are rearing Asian wasp Trissolcus japonicas in quarantine, which is a species that co-evolved in China as the natural control to the stink bug population.

This work funded by a CDFA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program grant is vital in safeguarding California’s $54B agricultural economy, as the parasites have caused great damage to crops on the east coast.

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