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female and male adult gypsy moths (Lymantria dispar).
aerial spraying of biopesticides.
Mature Douglas fir tussock moth larva feeding on fir foliage.

The Biopesticides Program serves as an up-to-date information source on biopesticides, biologically based products such as semiochemicals and microbial agents, used by State and Private Forestry staffs, nationwide, for short-term control of invasive species. The program is instrumental in coordinating support for advancing the development of biopesticides for minor use in markets such as forestry. We also help coordinate support for the development and implementation of biopesticides as part of integrated pest-management programs.`We advise forestry clientele on potential impacts of biopesticides on nontarget organisms.

The FHTET-Biopesticide Program benefits managers by:

  • Increasing awareness of technology on the use of biopesticides and potential nontarget impacts, via publications and FHTET-sponsored workshops, training sessions, and scientific meetings
  • Forming partnerships and coordinating the development and implementation of biopesticide technologies

Biopesticide Power Point Presentation (683 KB .pptx)

Ongoing development areas are:

  • Coordinating the production of Gypchek (the gypsy moth nucleopolyhedrovirus) by private industry
  • Optimizing Gypchek and TM-biocontrol-1 (the Douglas-fir tussock moth nucleopolyhedrovirus) for operational use
  • Coordinating the use of Gypchek as part of the Gypsy Moth Suppression, Eradication, and Slow-the-Spread Program
  • Maximizing efficacy of Bt toxins for landscape treatment of emerald ash borer
  • Maximizing efficacy of entomopathogens for landscape treatment of hemlock woolly adelgid
  • Developing mycoherbicides for tree of heaven, bufflegrass, and Japanese stiltgrass

Biopesticide publications

Safety datasheets for Gypchek and TM Biocontrol-1

Program Manager

Richard Reardon

USDA Forest Service - FHTET
180 Canfield Street
Morgantown, WV 26505
Phone: (304) 285-1566
Fax: (304) 285-1564


Richard Reardon received a B.S. in Wildlife/Fisheries Management from Utah State University and a M.S. and Ph.D in Forest Entomology from the University of Michigan. He worked for the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and Forest Service (Research and State and Private Forestry) to develop biopesticides and biological controls for agricultural and forest pests. Dick joined the Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team in 1995. | USFS | Forest Health Protection | FOIA | Accessibility Statement | Privacy Policy | Non-Discrimination Statement | Information Quality
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