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US (PA): LaFarm greenhouse spawns spotted lanternfly mitigation research

Spotted lanternflies have plagued Lafayette’s campus and the Lehigh Valley as an invasive species since September 2014, wreaking havoc on the biodiversity of the area. However, a study of spotted lanternflies being conducted inside LaFarm’s newest greenhouse has the potential to be the solution to this nearly decade-long problem.

Kyle Kaye, an employee of East Stroudsburg University working as a collaborator for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is using the greenhouse to help develop biocontrols for spotted lanternflies.

Biocontrol is a method of controlling pests by using other living organisms.

“After learning about the potential damage that the spotted lanternfly could cause to many farms and businesses, I wanted to be a part of learning how to control the pest,” Kaye wrote in an email.

LaFarm’s greenhouse is vital to Kaye’s work, as the USDA researcher had not been able to find a greenhouse to exactly suit their research needs regarding tempered climate control.


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