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Research Project: Manipulating Host and Mate-Finding Behavior of the Plum Curculio: Development of a Multi-Lifestage Mgmt Strategy for a Key Tree Fruit

Location: Fruit and Nut Research

Project Number: 6606-22000-022-28
Project Type: Reimbursable

Start Date: Sep 29, 2009
End Date: Aug 31, 2014

Objective:
In this project our overall objective is to develop and optimize strategies for using entomopathogenic nematodes for plum curculio. Specifically we will conduct laboratory screening of entomopathogenic nematode susceptibility of plum curculio and oversee field studies with entomopathogenic nematodes targeting this pest.

Approach:
We will screen plum curculio in the laboratory for susceptibility to insect-killing nematodes. We will assist in overseeing implementation of field studies testing these nematodes. Briefly, we will conduct a series of laboratory assays to screen virulence among a variety of entomopathogenic nematode species and strains. Assays will be conducted at various temperatures that mirror those in the orchard. The most promising nematodes will be field tested for efficacy in suppressing plum curculio under trap-trees. Specialty Crops Research Initiative.

Last Modified: 4/16/2014
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