Location: Fruit and Nut Research
Project Number: 6042-22000-022-29
Start Date: Oct 01, 2011
End Date: Feb 28, 2015
Three methods of entomopathogenic nematode application (trunk sprayer, microjet irrigation, and herbicide boom) will be compared under field conditions for efficacy in suppression of peachtree borer. A variety (ca. 12) of formulations will be field-tested for their ability to protect nematodes from UV radiation and desiccation, and efficacy in suppressing lesser peachtree borer. Laboratory tests on nematode viability in the various formulations will support field data. Field surveys of indigenous natural enemies will be implemented.