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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Control of Navel Orangeworm in Almonds Using Insecticides and Assessing Spray Coverage

Location: Commodity Protection and Quality

Project Number: 2034-43000-037-04
Project Type: Trust

Start Date: Aug 01, 2010
End Date: Jul 31, 2015

Objective:
Investigate the length of persistence of the new soft insecticides in pistachios that target navel orangeworm (Amyelois transitella)and assess spray coverage.

Approach:
Almonds will be sprayed by commercial cooperators and collected at intervals over a 30-60 day period. These almonds will be challenged in the lab by infesting them with known numbers of eggs and assessing adult emergence. Samples will be taken from the hull and environment and analyzed to determine insecticide residue, which will be linked to the success of the bioassays. Additional experiments conducted in the field will assess insecticide coverage using sentinel eggs and spray cards.

Last Modified: 11/23/2014
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