Location: Appalachian Fruit Research Laboratory
2012 Annual Report
1)benzaldehyde dispensers deployed in association with pheromone dispensers containing grandisoic acid or.
2)benzaldehyde dispensers deployed in association with pheromone dispensers containing grandisoic acid to serve as a "pull" component and trans-2-hexenal used in neighboring trees as a “push” component. At petal fall, growers applied a full block insecticide application. In trap-tree plots, only the trap trees were subsequently treated with insecticide following the full block insecticide application. The grower-standard received insecticide sprays throughout the entire plot. Fruit injury evaluations are currently being made. The total number of fruit with oviposition scars and total number of oviposition scars are being recorded based on a sample of 20 fruit/tree in trap trees (with and without trans-2-hexenal) in the trap-tree plot and flagged control trees in the grower-standard plots, and in peripherally located trees surrounding each trap tree and control tree for a total of up to 6000 fruit per plot. In addition, 20 interior trees (20 fruit/tree) were sampled along diagonal paths from opposing corners of the trap-tree and grower-standard plots to provide a measure of efficacy of each treatment program to protect fruit from plum curculio immigration and injury. A total of 400 interior fruit per plot were sampled. In addition, semi-field trials of promising nematode strains are being conducted in New England and West Virginia. Finally, soil temperature and moisture are being monitored in each of these locations.