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Pollen metabarcoding (PMB)

Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) Detection in Honey

As spotted lanternfly continues to progress throughout the eastern part of the US, we have received a significant amount of feedback from PA beekeepers and researchers interested in testing honey for SLF honeydew residue. In response to this demand, the HPDL has developed a screen to detect SLF DNA in honey using highly sensitive methodology developed in the Lockwood lab at Rutgers. In the future we hope to use honey as a potential environmental monitoring tool to better help us understand SLF movement and its impact on the environment.