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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Research Project: Identification of Semiochemicals Regulating Biology of Potential Invasive Pests to the United States

Location: Chemistry Research Unit

Project Number: 6615-22000-027-07
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: May 06, 2013
End Date: May 04, 2018

Objective:
Identification of semiochemicals for use in control and monitoring of pests in Africa that have significant potential to become invasive pests the United States including Hemiptera, Diptera, Coleoptera, Orthoptera, Acari and root-knot nematodes.

Approach:
The chemically mediated communication biology of invertebrate pests of Africa that have significant potential for establishment as invasive pests in the United States will be elucidated through behavioral analysis and the chemicals responsible for attraction, repellence or deterrence will be elucidated using chromatographic, spectroscopic and microdegradative techniques coupled with biological assays. Additionally, the hormonal systems responsible for regulating communication, and coordination with stage development and reproductive competence will be elucidated. Synthetic or natural chemicals responsible for attraction/ repellence will be formulated and tested to determine efficacy in monitoring and control of the pests and new hormonal methods to interfere with insect communication and development will be defined.

Last Modified: 4/18/2014
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