The Stink Bug Project

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is an invasive pest insect species that can cause extensive agricultural losses.  With evidence of established populations in Ontario, Canada it is increasingly important to co-align the research investigating the ecological distribution patterns of BMSB, with an understanding of the cellular and physiological mechanisms that regulate their successful propagation throughout our important agricultural crops.  Under the direction of Assistant Professor, Dr. Rosa da Silva, The Stink Bug Project at the Applied Learning Lab for Undergraduate Research Excellence (ALLURE) at McMaster University has a mandate to investigate the physiological regulation of key BMSB life processes and how these processes can be best interrupted in these pest insects.