Biocontrol Lab

Plant Sciences & Entomology, College of the Environement and Life Sciences

The University of Rhode Island Biological Control Lab

Welcome! The University of Rhode Island Insect Biological Control lab conducts research and outreach programs using insects as biological control agents for introduced species such as Mile a Minute, Swallowworts, Knapweed, Cypress Spurge, Purple Loosestrife, Lily Leaf Beetle, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, and Phragmites.

Lily Leaf Beetle Biological Control Survey 2017

If you grow lilies in New England, and have lily leaf beetles feeding on them, the University of Rhode Island would like your help. The University of Rhode Island (URI) Biological Control Lab is researching natural enemies of the lily leaf beetle. Small parasitic insects were established in lily plots in Cumberland, RI, and Wellesley, MA. URI would like to track these parasitic insects by collecting the large larvae covered with excrement (brown blobs) that you find on your lilies. They will dissect the larvae to look for the parasitic insects. If you have larvae in your yard, and wouldn’t mind sending them to URI please use the following instructions to send them to Lisa Tewksbury at the URI Department of Plant Sciences or contact her for more information. [Click Here For Mailing Instructions][Click Here For More Information]


Lily leaf beetle adult

For more information on the Lily Leaf Beetle project, please enjoy our *New Brochure!

Biological Control of Invasive Swallowworts

The URI biocontrol lab is anticipating the permits to release a new biological control agent, Hypena opulenta, to control invasive swallowworts.  To read the EcoRI article [Click Here].[Click Here For More Information]

Black Swallowwort

Swallowwort flowers and seed pods

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