Sunday, February 27, 2011

Documenting BMSB Adult Response To Wavelengths and Intensties of Light

We know BMSB respond to light, but we don't know the particular wavelengths or intensities that they prefer.  Nor do we understand how this relates to their biology.  Currently, we are documenting BMSB behavioral responses to wavelengths and intensitites of light using a laboratory bioassay.  Adults will respond in as little as 6 seconds!

We hope to use this information to develop sensititve monitoring traps for growers to detect entry of BMSB into their crops.  And we hope to develop attract-and-kill strategies for BMSB management. 

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