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Survey BMSB Management Survey for Commercial Producers Participate in a nationwide survey to gather information from farmers and growers on the economic impact of the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) on agriculture.

November 6, 2018 Parasitoids of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Workshop

A specialized training workshop covering parasitoids of the BMSB will be offered January 31 and Februray 1, 2019, at the University of Florida.



August 23, 2018 A Local Researcher Is Breeding an Army of Wasps to Devour Invasive Stink Bugs

The brown marmorated stink bug—already the scourge of the Northeast—is also in Washington. And it might move in with you this winter. A WSU researcher is breeding tiny samurai wasps in an effort to fight the pests. Source: The Seattle Times, Aug. 23, 2018.



August 9, 2018 Scientists Spent Years on a Plan to Import This Wasp to Kill Stink Bugs. Then It Showed Up on Its Own.

The samurai wasp (Trissolcus japonicus) arrived by accident in the United States before scientists were ready to release it. Source: Science, Aug. 9, 2018.



August 7, 2018 Scientists Deploy Attract-and-Kill Trees against Stink Bugs

Rob Morrison, a research entomologist with the USDA-ARS Center for Grain and Animal Health Research, describes a method for baiting select border-row trees with an aggregation pheromone of the brown marmorated stink bug.



July 18, 2018 Scientists Pick Up the Genetic Scent of Stink Bug Invaders

A new method that tests for insect DNA on farm produce could “revolutionize” agricultural pest surveillance. Source: Scientific American, July 12, 2018.



June 5, 2018 Scientific Publications

New articles published by our team of scientists and extension specialists in 2018.



May 29, 2018 BMSB Damage Gallery

View our photo gallery of BMSB damage in apples, pears, cherries, corn, tomatoes, and more.



May 29, 2018 Host Plants

Entomologists have been observing which plants BMSB typically uses for food and reproduction in its new environment.



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Overview

The brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Stål), is a voracious eater that damages fruit, vegetable, and nut crops in North America. With funding from USDA’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative, our team of more than 50 researchers is uncovering the pest’s secrets to find management solutions that will protect our food, our environment, and our farms.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Funding

USDA-NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative

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