Video Overview of Established Biological Controls in Colorado; Identification, Collection, Release and Monitoring Methods

Project Overview

Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 2023: $28,000.00
Projected End Date: 04/30/2025
Host Institution Award ID: G125-24-W9986
Grant Recipient: Colorado Dept. Of Agriculture Palisade Insectary
Region: Western
State: Colorado
Principal Investigator:
Kristi Gladem
Colorado Dept. Of Agriculture Palisade Insectary
Dr. Dan Bean
Colorado Dept. of Agriculture Palisade Insectary
Torri Gladem
Colorado Dept. Of Agriculture Palisade Insectary


Not commodity specific


  • Pest Management: biological control, field monitoring/scouting, integrated pest management
  • Production Systems: holistic management
  • Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures

    Proposal abstract:

    The Palisade Insectary would like to create a video series to help promote biological control usage in integrated pest management across Colorado. This video series would focus on each of the currently available biological controls provided through the Insectary's Request-A-Bug program, give an overview of the organism, the pest controlled, identification in the field, how to integrate the biological control into a management plan, as well as methods for collection and release of the biological controls.

    Project objectives from proposal:

    Objectives of this project are to increase outreach, provide education and improve implementation of biological controls. Specifically, the Palisade Insectary would like to produce videos of 10-15 minutes for each of the following topics:

    1. An Introduction to the Palisade Insectary and What is Biological Control?
    2. The Basic of Integrated Pest Management and the Role of Biological Controls
    3. Leafy Spurge Biological Control
    4. Diffuse and Spotted Knapweed Biological Control
    5. Musk Thistle Biological Control
    6. Yellow Toadflax Biological Control
    7. Dalmatian Toadflax Biological Control
    8. Tamarisk/Salt Cedar Biological Control
    9. Russian Knapweed Biological Control
    10. Canada Thistle Biological Control
    11. Puncturevine Biological Control
    12. Field Bindweed Biological Control
    13. Peach Moth Biological Control

    Videos 3-13 would cover the history, lifecycle, field identification, collection, release, and implementation of each biological control into an integrated pest management program. We would like to have a minimum of one agriculture producer in each video who can provide on the farm feedback for biological control species, promote working with the Palisade Insectary and describe their unique Integrated Pest Management approaches. These videos will be publicly available and promoted by the Colorado Dept. of Agriculture through our website, website links included in brochures and social media promotion.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.