April 2019 Awards
CDFA awarded funding for one project in the initial funding cycle for the Proactive IPM Solutions grant program. The three-year project titled “Proactive Biological Control of Spotted Lantern Fly, Lycorma delicatula (Hemiptera: Fulgoridae)” was awarded $543,936. Project leads Mark Hoddle (UC Riverside) and Kent Daane (UC Berkeley) will proactively develop biological control agents for spotted lantern fly, an invasive pest that has not yet arrived in California but is spreading rapidly across the eastern US. This pest has the potential to affect many high value California crops including grapes, walnuts, avocados, and pistachios. The project will piggyback on work that is already being conducted on the pest in the eastern US.