The Use of Alfalfa Trap Crops to Monitor and and Control Early Season Build-up of Lygus Bug, the Key Economic Pest in Strawberries
Pest Management and Biocontrol Research
Project Number: 5347-22620-021-05
Start Date: Mar 01, 2010
End Date: Aug 31, 2012
To quantify Lygus and their natural enemy dipersal patterns between trap crops (strategically placed alfalfa weeds) and an organically grown strawberry cropping system. This research will lead to more efficient(less costly and less environmental impact)pest management of Lygus in strawberry.
Will assist with marking the trap crops and strawberry fields with various markers and assaying all the captured insects for the presence of the markers using a suite of enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays. These data will quantify Lygus movement between the various cropping systems.