College of Science
The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), Halyomorpha halys, is an invasive insect from Asia. It has caused millions of dollars in damage to fruit, vegetable, ornamental, and field crops since its arrival in North America, and can be a severe nuisance pest when it congregates on human structures to overwinter. The BMSB caused $37 million of apple crop damage in the Mid-Atlantic Region in 2007 to 2010. To study the insect, effective rearing methods are needed. Previous research (Funayama 2004 & 2006; Medal et al. 2012) showed that carrot, raw peanut and soybean increased rearing efficiency. Recent lab experience has found good success with sweet pepper. Our objective was to identify combinations of food sources to increase BMSB survival and reproduction. Carrot was used as a common food source across all treatments. BMSB from the USU colony are used in insect control studies to help combat the pest in Utah.
First Co-Presenter's Department
Withers, James and Linford, Loren, "Testing Rearing Diets for A New Invasive Insect Pest in Utah, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug" (2018). Research on Capitol Hill. Paper 91.