Arizona State University researchers have been awarded a $104,000 grant as part of a federal program aimed at controlling nonnative pests and diseases harmful to crops or livestock.
Universities in seven other states also were selected as grant recipients in the $1.1 million initiative.
ASU researchers will study ways to help farmers mitigate the economic risk of insect damage. They’re especially focused on silverleaf whiteflies that have infested cotton crops.
The insects, light-green in color with silver translucent wings, grow to be about a sixteenth of an inch. An infestation during the 1990s caused nearly $200 million in farm losses in California, Texas and Arizona.