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Tracking the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

This new video series shows growers and others how to identify BMSB, why this pest is important in agriculture, and what’s at stake if we don’t stop it.


 
August 20, 2014 2014 Great Stink Bug Count

Why do some homeowners deal with thousands of BMSBs showing up at their homes and others have almost none? Help our researchers find out. Participate in the “2014 Great Stink Bug Count.” Download your participant form.



August 26, 2014 Photo Slices Provide Detailed Images of Tiny Wasps for Biocontrol Efforts

Using specialized digital photography methods, USDA scientists are providing valuable taxonomic support to researchers examining Asian Trissolcus species for potential use against BMSB. Source: Entomology Today, Aug 26, 2014.



August 21, 2014 Stink Bugs Wreak Havoc on Willamette Valley Crops

The brown marmorated stink bug is affecting peppers, peach, and pear crops near Portland, Oregon. Source: KGW.com, Aug 21, 2014.



August 13, 2014 Available Positions

Learn about currently open positions on the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug project.



July 25, 2014 Kicking up a stink over another unwanted pest

The brown marmorated stink bug is keeping biosecurity managers awake at night in New Zealand. Source: Manawatu Standard, July 25, 2014.



July 16, 2014 USDA Researchers Identify Stink Bug Attractant

USDA researchers have deciphered the chemical signals the brown marmorated stink bug uses to attract other stink bugs, opening the door to the development of new traps and pest control technologies. Source: USDA Agricultural Research Service, July 16, 2014.



June 9, 2014 Alarmed by new invader, Minn. ready to strike back at stink bug

Minnesota researchers will monitor the insect’s spread and try to identify a biological control for the bug. Source: StarTribune, June 9, 2014.



Overview

The brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Stål), is a voracious eater that damages fruit, vegetable, and ornamental 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 for growers, seeking strategies that will protect our food, our environment, and our farms.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

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