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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Manipulating Host & Mate-Finding Behavior of Plum Curculio: Dvlpmnt of a Multi-Life Stage Mgmnt Strategy for a Key Fruit Pest -Cfda #10.309

Location: Appalachian Fruit Research Laboratory: Innovative Fruit Production, Improvement and Protection

2013 Annual Report


1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
We will: (1) isolate and identify attractive olfactory stimuli associated with host-and mate-finding for adult plum curculio using gas chromatography coupled with electroantennogram dected and mass spectrometry; (2) develop effective deployment strategies for newly identified olfactory stimuli to manipulate host- and mate-finding and promote aggreagation of the plum curculio within apple orchards; (3) evaluate efficacy of entomopathogenic nematodes against plum curculio larvae; (4) evaluate efficacy of a multi-lifestage approach for management of plum curculio within spatially precise locations within commercial apple orchards; and (5) actively promote outreach and information exchange among interested stakeholders, crop consultants, state IPM research and extension programs, and federal researchers.


1b.Approach (from AD-416):
We will utilize laboratory-based electrophysiological studies and field-based bioassays to identify novel olfactory stimuli for the plum curculio. We will also perform laboratory and field-based studies to identify effective entomopathogenic nematodes. Final evaluations will be made in commercial orchards.


3.Progress Report:

Field studies expanded upon the studies conducted in Years 1 and 2, wherein, our aim is to improve aggregation of plum curculio (PC) into specific baited border-row trees targeted for subsequent chemical control. Toward this, formulated attractants based on the standard bait combination and compared this with baits with amplified pheromone loading. A second approach to improve aggregation included deploying standard attractive baits in baited trap trees targeted for control in combination with surrounding trees baited with a potential repellent. To evaluate levels of PC aggregation in all experimental plots, assessed fruit injury (PC oviposition scars) in baited versus unbaited subplots using sampling guidelines established in Year 1. Participated in outreach and delivery of information among stakeholder groups by hosting an annual meeting of the Stakeholder Focus Group, participating in on-farm demonstrations for apple growers in New England, and formally presenting research results at both pre-season and mid-season grower meetings in affected states.


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