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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Research Project: The postharvest treatment of California sweet cherries with methyl bromide to eliminate the oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera Dorsalis

Location: Tropical Crop and Commodity Protection Research

Project Number: 5320-43000-016-11
Project Type: Reimbursable

Start Date: Jan 01, 2013
End Date: Sep 30, 2015

Objective:
To develop a postharvest methyl bromide fumigation schedule for sweet cherries against oriental fruit fly and Mediterranean fruit fly for export.

Approach:
1) Establish colonies of fruit flies. 2) Determine most tolerant species and stage of fruit fly in sweet cherries via dose-response curves to MB fumigation in small chambers. 3) Conduct large scale efficacy tests to demonstrate efficacy of treatment. 4) Assess postharvest quality of cherries after fumigation.

Last Modified: 9/2/2014
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