Location: Fruit and Nut Research
Project Number: 6042-22000-022-28
Start Date: Sep 29, 2009
End Date: Aug 31, 2014
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.