2007 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
The objective of this cooperative research project is to develop improved fruit fly trapping and control systems and integrated pest management programs for control of exotic fruit flies that threaten U.S. agriculture. Populations of fruit flies that are not found in the continental US, but that are of quarantine concern for US agriculture, are endemic in Honduras. These include Mediterranean fruit flies, Mexican fruit flies, West Indian fruit flies and guava fruit flies. The research objective is to determine effective sampling area of traps and lures developed by the scientists at SHRS and to assess antennal sensitivity to food-based lures.
1b.Approach (from AD-416)
The cooperator at the Honduran Foundation for Agricultural Research (FHIA) has been involved in collaborative research with ARS in an IAEA-funded research project. This research will be expanded to include research on determining the effective sampling area for traps baited with the food-based synthetic attractant developed by ARS, critical information that is needed by State and Federal action agencies in the US for use in detection and delimitation of fruit flies. The cooperator will locate properties and appropriate sites for the studies, obtain wild flies from infested host material, will conduct mark and recapture studies to address this research following a protocol that will be developed jointly by ARS and FHIA. ARS will provide equipment, training and protocols to FHIA personnel for the antennal sensitivity studies.
This report serves to document research conducted under a specific cooperative agreement between ARS and Honduran Foundation for Agricultural Research (FHIA). Additional details of research can be found in the report for the parent CRIS 6631-22000-003-OOD Protection of Subtropical & Tropical Agriculture Commodities & Ornamentals from Exotic Insects. Studies were conducted to determine effective sampling area of traps and lures developed by the scientists at SHRS. Tests of two exotic pest species and two food-based synthetic lures were completed and data are being analyzed. Studies are ongoing to evaluate a host-food attractant for a third pest species.
Methods of monitoring research activities conducted under this agreement include phone discussions, email communications, and a site visit by SHRS scientists to Honduras to visit field sites and discuss future research activities.