GRI Meeting Brings Together Collaborators for Cactus Moth Detection and Monitoring Network

Geosystems Research Institute
December 10, 2007

Story PhotoThe GeoResources Institute recently hosted a meeting for the partnership of the cactus moth detection and monitoring network. Cactus moth (Cactoblastis cactorum) is an insect that feeds voraciously on pricklypear cactus, and poses a threat to native plant diversity and agriculture in the United States and Mexico. More than two dozen scientists and resource managers from US Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), US Geological Survey, National Biological Information Infrastructure, Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, and Mississippi State University met to discuss the progress of the program to halt the spread of the devastating moth, and plan amendments to the Mississippi State University program.

Story Photo Cactus Moth Larvae Devastating a Cactus Pad
Story PhotoAs part of the cactus moth research, extension and outreach project, GRI has created the interactive web-based database at

For more information on the meeting or how to become involved in the program, contact Dr. John D. Madsen at

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