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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Research Project: HOST- AND MATE-FINDING BEHAVIOR OF THE PLUM CURCULIO: DEVELOPMENT OF A MULTI-LIFE STAGE MANAGEMENT STRATEGY FOR A KEY TREE FRUIT PEST

Location: Invasive Insect Biocontrol and Behavior Laboratory

Project Number: 1245-22000-273-06
Project Type: Reimbursable

Start Date: Sep 01, 2009
End Date: Aug 31, 2014

Objective:
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 detection (GC-EAD) and mass spectrometry (MS); (2) develop effective deployment strategies for newly identified olfactory stimuli to manipulate host- and mate-finding behavior and promote aggregation of the plum curculio within commercial apple orchards.

Approach:
We will isolate and identify attractive olfactory stimuli for adult plum curculio, Conotrachelus nenuphar (Herbst). This information will be used by both parties to develop a multi-lifestage management strategy for the plum curculio. "Specialty Crops Research Initiative"

Last Modified: 9/10/2014
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