Use of Parasitic Wasp (Trichogramma ostriniae) for Bio-Control of European Corn Borer (Ostrinia nubilalis) in Sweet Corn

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2002: $2,705.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2002
Region: Northeast
State: Pennsylvania
Project Leader:


  • Vegetables: sweet corn


  • Pest Management: biological control, field monitoring/scouting

    Proposal summary:

    European Corn Borer is a major pest of sweet corn, and organic growers have limited tools for control. The farmer will conduct controlled releases of Trichogramma ostriniae, a wasp that parasitizes the eggs of the corn borer, and he will monitor the presence of the corn borer against their presence in a control plot. The results will be made available through a fresh produce cooperative, extension, and through the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture.

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