Development of Irradiation Treatments for Export Fruit Markets: Phytosanitary Doses for High-Impact Invasive Pests
Tropical Crop and Commodity Protection Research
Project Number: 5320-43000-016-15
Specific Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Aug 12, 2013
End Date: Aug 11, 2014
Radiobiological studies will be performed toward development of irradiation quarantine treatments for mango stone weevil, Sternochetus oliveiri, and red wax scale, Ceroplastes rubens, and/or other quarantine scale or mealy bug species on tropical fruits.
Research will progress through three stages: dose response studies with all life stages, determination of the most tolerant stage, and large-scale testing at a dose predicted to control the most tolerant stage.