The Hunt for a Pest
Emily Unglesbee DTN Staff Reporter
Fri Apr 17, 2015 07:04 AM CDT

ST. LOUIS (DTN) -- The Old World bollworm may be mere inches in size, but the U.S. is scaling up resources to detect and prepare for its likely arrival in American fields.

The pest, known formally as Helicoverpa armigera, made an unwelcome debut in Puerto Rico in September 2014. Since then, USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has dedicated more than $1.2 million in 2015 to detection and control efforts in the U.S. The funding represents a twelvefold increase from funds allotted to the pest in spring 2014, when the bollworm had only been detected in more distant ...

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