Host and Mate-Finding Behavior of the Plum Curculio: Development of a Multi-Life Stage Management Strategy for a Key Tree Fruit Pest
Invasive Insect Biocontrol and Behavior Laboratory
Project Number: 1245-22000-273-06
Start Date: Sep 01, 2009
End Date: Aug 31, 2014
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.
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"