2008 Annual Report
SPLAT (TM) (Specialized Pheromone and Lure Application Technology) is a proprietary base matrix formulation of biologically inert materials used to control the release of semiochemicals and/or odors with or without pesticides. Extensive research on SPLAT using a variety of lures suggests that this matrix emits semiochemicals at effective pest suppression levels for a time interval ranging from 2-16 wk. With a wide range of viscosities and application methods (e.g. applicator sprays, aerial applicator sprays, caulking gun type tubes, etc.), SPLAT increases productivity by mechanizing the application of pheromone dispensing points. The amorphous and flowable quality of this highly adaptable product allows for an easy transition from small-scale manual applications to large scale manual or mechanical applications. SPLAT MAT-ME (methyl eugenol) and C-L (cue-lure) “attract and kill” sprayable formulations containing spinosad were compared to other formulations under Hawaiian weather conditions against B. dorsalis and B. cucurbitae in two separate locations. Based on trap captures, over a 2 month preliminary trial the SPLAT-ME-spinosad and SPLAT-C-L-spinosad formulation were equal to the Min-U-Gel-ME-naled formulation. Based on these trials, a commercial formulation was selected and liter size quantities of the materials were manufactured by ISCA Technologies and shipped to Hawaii to support more detailed studies in Hawaii and California. Studies are currently underway.
Dow AgroSciences is currently pursuing registration of SPLAT-MAT-ME with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Progress was monitored through regular meetings with cooperator, teleconference calls, and scientific manuscripts.