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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Flight-Response of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug to Olfactory Cues from Potential Hosts: Developing Attract & Kill Applications

Location: Commodity Protection and Quality

Project Number: 2034-43000-037-27
Project Type: General Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Mar 15, 2013
End Date: Apr 30, 2015

Objective:
Enhance production and trade of California tree nuts and tree fruits via development of efficient, economical, and environmentally benign chemical strategies to minimize, or eliminate, insect infestation. Specifically, develop an attract & kill tool for controlling and/or monitoring populations of brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) in and around production areas.

Approach:
Estimate the relative attractiveness of hosts, BMSB-infested hosts, and BMSB populations by quantifying the flight response of BMSB to volatile chemical cues in a flight tunnel bioassay. Use flight response as diagnostic endpoint to isolate and identify key chemical attractants.

Last Modified: 10/21/2014
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