Goals and Funding

This website represents a project that involves more than 50 researchers at 10 institutions across the United States working to develop an effective defense against the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) for specialty crop growers. Funding for this work comes from the USDA’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative. The project, led by Tracy Leskey (USDA Agricultural Research Service), was launched in 2011 as an outgrowth of efforts by the BMSB IPM Working Group.

Over 100 diverse plant species are at risk of attack from BMSB. The value of susceptible crops where BMSB has been established or identified exceeds $21 billion.[1] Because of the magnitude of this threat to crops, the project includes five cross-institutional commodity teams that are developing sustainable solutions specific to orchard crops, small fruit, grapes, ornamentals, and vegetables. As new research findings from this project are made public, our team will post to this website practical information for growers as quickly as possible.

  • Proposal summary (PDF) for the project "Biology, ecology, and management of brown marmorated stink bug in orchard crops, small fruit, grapes, vegetables, and ornamentals." For more information about this proposal, contact Tracy Leskey.
  • Logic model (PDF) showing the project structure and potential outcomes.
  • The project team will report on its progress in a series of annual reports.

Objectives of the Project

Objective 1. Establish biology and phenology of BMSB in specialty crops

We seek to understand behaviors of breeding and overwintering, characteristics of crop damage, risks to landscape and adjacent ecosystems, and to conduct genetic studies of BMSB.

Objective 2. Develop monitoring and management tools for BMSB

We will assess effectiveness of baits and attractants; monitoring tools; conventional, organic, and alternative management tools; and natural enemies of BMSB.

Objective 3. Establish effective management programs for BMSB in specialty crops

We will recommend short-term strategies for mitigating damage to specialty crops from BMSB as well as develop a comprehensive, long-term, region-wide approach to BMSB control.

Objective 4. Integrate stakeholder input and research findings to form and deliver practical outcomes

We will measure the biological, economic, and sociological impact of BMSB on the specialty crop community and deliver practical information to stakeholders on a timely basis. We will conduct outreach and education efforts to help growers identify and manage risks of BMSB.

[1] Tracy Leskey et al., "Biology, ecology, and management of brown marmorated stink bug in orchard crops, small fruit, grapes, vegetables, and ornamentals: USDA-NIFA SCRI coordinated agricultural project." USDA-ARS Appalachian Fruit Research Station. For more information about the SCRI project proposal, contact project director Tracy Leskey.