D0479 Invasive alien invertebrates to watch for in Louisiana rice

Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Exhibit Hall 3, First Floor (Reno-Sparks Convention Center)
N.A. Hummel , Department of Entomology, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, LA
M. J. Stout , Dept. of Entomology, Louisiana State Univ. Agric. Center, Baton Rouge, LA
T.E. Reagan , Department of Entomology, Louisiana State Univeristy, Baton Rouge, LA
B. Laird , Horticulture & Quarantine Division, Louisiana Dept. of Agric. & Forestry, Baton Rouge, LA
T. Hardy , Louisiana Deparment of Agriculture & Forestry, Baton Rouge, LA
Rice is one of the most important agronomic crops grown in the state of Louisiana. The location of Louisiana on the Mississippi River has made it an important state for import and export of agricultural goods. This exchange of agricultural products presents a substantial risk of introduction of invasive invertebrate species. It is important to be ever watchful for the invasion of invertebrates that may damage our rice crop. Recent introductions of invasive species that may potentially impact our rice production include the channeled apple snail, panicle rice mite, and the South American rice miner. Additionally, we anticipate that the Mexican Rice Borer will soon invade Louisiana from neighboring Texas. All of these species have impacted rice production in other countries and thus it is critically important for county agents, crop consultants and producers to familiarize themselves with the biology, identification and management of these invasive species.

doi: 10.1603/ICE.2016.38101