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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Landolt, Peter J
Research Leader
Peter.Landolt@ars.usda.gov
(509) 454-6565
USDA-ARS FRUIT & VEG INS. RES.
5230 KONNOWAC PASS ROAD
Wapato WA 98951

Mission:
The mission of the Fruit and Vegetable Insect Research Unit located near Wapato in Yakima County, Washington is to seek new and more effective means to control insect pests of temperate tree fruit and vegetable crops. Approaches include manipulation of insect behavior, development of biological control, and other biointensive methods for insect management, and the expansion of our fundamental knowledge and understanding of the biology of major pests. Emphasized are the development of novel approaches, techniques, and technologies for pest management systems that will reduce use of chemical pesticides. These include semiochemicals, and parasites, predators, and pathogens of insect pests. Pests of primary concern are pear psylla, codling moth, apple maggot, and brown marmorated stink bugs on apple and pear, cherry fruit fly, and spotted wing drosophila on cherries, and potato psyllid, beet leafhopper, and wireworms on potato. Treatments and strategies are developed to meet quarantine restrictions on tree fruits for export thus increasing exports of fruits and other agricultural commodities. As part of the IR-4 minor use program, studies continue to determine efficacy of insecticides and pesticide residues.

Last Modified: 9/22/2014