Database Research Summaries
2018 Control of Slugs in a Multi-Trophic Context: Using Friends to Manage Foes

calendar_today Year of Research: 2018
update Posted On: 12/05/2019
group Ivan Hiltpold (Principal Investigator, University of Delaware)
bookmark Delaware Soybean Board

Research Focus

The focus of this project is to assess the response of beneficial insects to various environmental cues.


  • Assess the response of ground beetles to different soybean cultivars suffering or not from slug damage.
  • Characterize the volatile blends ground beetles are responding to.
  • Assess ground beetle preferences for slugs with different vigor status.


Results will be updated once the research has been completed.


This is important as it will provide understanding on how beneficial organisms impact slug populations in soybean and whether it will result in inadvertent depletion of this ecosystem service.

For more information about this research project, please visit the National Soybean Checkoff Research Database.

Funded in part by the soybean checkoff.