R&D Topics Addressed:
Refine and enhance species-specific and hierarchical molecular assays to assist in identifying SBW mortality agents. Evaluate rates of parasitism and parasitoid composition in the SBW larvae collected from the EIS efficacy component. Evaluate levels of parasitism and pathogen loads in L2s from branches collected in fall or winter. Develop a simplified, “bulk” version of the assays.
M. Cusson (LFC) & A. Smith (U. Guelph)E. Eveleigh R. Johns (AFC), V. Martel, P. Tanguay (LFC)