2012 Annual Report
1)Optimizing pesticide controls of eriophyid pest mite populations and.
2)Determining the effect of low-impact fungicide spray regimes on pest and predatory mite populations.
Vineyards throughout Oregon have recently developed Short Shoot Syndrome, which is correlated to the pest mite, Calepitrimerus vitis. This vineyard specific pest feeds on developing buds resulting in stunted shoots and crop (cluster) loss. Typhlodromus pyri is the dominant predatory mite in western Oregon vineyards and is believed to play an integral role in managing C. vitis populations. Intense fungicide programs are maintained in vineyards throughout the growing season and are believed to be detrimental to predatory mite populations causing increased pest mite outbreaks. Predatory mite preservation and enhancement are integral to successful biological control programs in western vineyards. In field trials, the use of synthetic fungicides interspersed with sulfur resulted in adequate pest mite control without negatively affecting T. pyri populations. Sulfur-only applications sometimes resulted in pest mite outbreaks. Synthetic fungicide-only applications resulted in higher pest and predator mite numbers. Our laboratory trials confirm trends observed in the field. Sulfur applications negatively affected juvenile T. pyri longevity and reproduction but not adults. Stylet oil had a negative impact on beneficial mite populations. Laboratory trials on pest mites showed that a sticker/spreader such as oil plays an important role to control pest mite populations.
This research was conducted in support of objective 2C of the parent project.