Host and Mate-Finding Behavior of the Plum Curculio: Development of a Multi-Life Stage Management Strategy for a Key Tree Fruit Pest
Invasive Insect Biocontrol and Behavior Laboratory
2010 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
We will: (1) isolate and identify attractive olfactory stimuli associated with host- and mate-finding for adult plum curculio using gas chromatography coupled with electroantennogram detection (GC-EAD) and mass spectrometry (MS); (2) develop effective deployment strategies for newly identified olfactory stimuli to manipulate host- and mate-finding behavior and promote aggregation of the plum curculio within commercial apple orchards.
1b.Approach (from AD-416)
We will isolate and identify attractive olfactory stimuli for adult plum curculio, Conotrachelus nenuphar (Herbst). This information will be used by both parties to develop a multi-lifestage management strategy for the plum curculio.
"Specialty Crops Research Initiative"
There has been no progress to report on this project as we are still in the process of hiring a support scientist to carry out this work.