Though the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) has generally eluded many management efforts, researchers across the U.S. are exploring a multitude of possible new management methods or improvements to existing ones. One possibility lies in the development of crops resistant to the damage of stink bugs. From a study from researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service report on their search for host-plant resistance in soybean, a potential boon to integrated pest management programs for the stink bug.
Soybean is second only to corn among row crops in the United States. Protecting it from BMSB is a high priority. Researchers are screening additional soybean lines for resistance and next summer will continue tests to narrow down the genetic source of their resistance to brown marmorated stink bug damage. Read more about this study at Entomology Today.