2011 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
This Cooperative Agreement is for the purpose of carrying out cooperative research and development of control technologies (male annihilation) in an area-wide pest management program against fruit flies in Hawaii. The overall purpose of the project is to integrate technology developed by ARS and others in specific cropping areas of Hawaii to demonstrate that fruit fly control can lead to increased crop productivity, more environmentally acceptable control methods and economic benefit to those using the technology. The specific goals of the cooperative agreement are to integrate the SPLAT technology provided by ISCA Technologies of Riverside, California into the area-wide program which will facilitate a broader acceptance of the IPM technology, foster cooperative partnerships in research and education, and better serve the expanding diversified agricultural base of Hawaii and the Pacific.
1b.Approach (from AD-416)
The work plan identifies the following major areas of study:
1. Research and development of male annihilation treatments that are environmentally sound and effective.
2. Registration with EPA of promising products.
3. Implementation of selected IPM technologies in Hawaii and California.
Demonstrations trials at three different Hawaii farms have continued as part of the Area-Wide Pest Management program. Two novel reduced risk fruit fly control products (SPLAT-MAT-spinosad-ME and SPLAT-MAT-spinosad-ME/C-L) are being tested under two IR-4 grants. Both products could be used for eradication of fruit flies on the U.S. mainland. During FY 2011, large amounts of these products were formulated by ISCA Technologies and shipped to Hawaii for the Interregional Research #4 (IR-4) tests. Tests are ongoing and will be completed within one year. At that time, this CRIS project will be terminated. The lead scientist monitors progress through regular meetings with cooperators, and through direct supervision of the research project and participation in research activities.