Academic Venture Fund - 2020

Training Dogs to Sniff Out New Pests

NY/NJ Trail Conference detection dog

The spotted lanternfly (SLF) is a recently introduced invasive insect whose exponential spread has caused severe ecological and economic impacts on agricultural production, particularly in grape vineyards. With the core infestation nearing New York's borders, government agencies are seeking innovative methods to intercept the SLF before it establishes in the state. Researchers will test how well detection dogs and occupancy modeling aid early detection of the SLF. This study will directly inform state search strategies and serve as a model for detecting other invasive pests in the region.

Investigators: Carrie Brown-Lima, Angela Fuller, Greg Loeb, Ann Hajek