Start Date: May 27, 2005
End Date: May 26, 2010
The bionomics and the chemical ecology of economically-important insect pests of nursery and small fruits crops will be studied in the field and under controlled conditions of temperature, humidity, and light in growth chambers and greenhouses. Emphasis will also be placed on understanding the ecology of the microbial control agents of these pests in the laboratory greenhouse and field. Together, the information compiled on the ecology of the pests and their respective microbial control agents will be integrated to begin development of biologically-based pest management programs. FY98 restructure replaced part of 5358-22000-020-00D. FY00 $229,500 Program Increase, 1 New SY. Replacing 5358-22000-025-00D (03/2003). FY03 $75,000 Program Increase. Replacing 5358-22000-029-00D (05/2005).