Integrated Pest Management Strategies for Crape Myrtle Bark Scale, a New Exotic Pest Grant uri icon


  • This is an ARDP Research-led project with multi-disciplinary, multi-state collaboration, addressing two CPPM goals, multiple stakeholders' IPM needs documented by the Southern Region IPM Center and research priorities of at least stakeholder groups. The CMBS, Eriococcus lagerstroemiae, is a relatively new pest of crapemyrtles, currently confirmed in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee. The CMBS can cause decline in plant appearance and health, and possibly result in plant death, potentially causing economic loss to the crapemyrtle industry, which had $46M in sales in 2009. There is currently a lack of any published IPM research for CMBS management. This project aims to develop and extend effective, affordable, and environmentally-sound integrated control strategies to reduce losses caused by crapemyrtle bark scale (CMBS), including early detection to manage the new exotic species, and to optimize IPM practices for crapemyrtle by developing knowledge and tools that incorporate pest biology, cultural methods, host plant resistance, targested chemical application, and less toxic pesticides. IPM strategies from the project will be readily applicable to the other part of the country, where crapemyrtle is produced and used in landscapes. The project will benefit too all sectors of the green industry (wholesale and retail nurseries, and landscape firms), and reduce impact on human health and environment in urban landscapes. Research information will be disseminated through Southern Extension and Research Activities/Information Exchange Groups (SERA 003-IPM and SERA IEG-27) and other industry and academic routes in four participating states (TX, LA, FL and AR), Southeastern U.S., and nationwide.

date/time interval

  • 2014 - 2018