Project Number: 6034-22320-001-14
Start Date: Dec 01, 2010
End Date: Oct 31, 2013
Pest & Disease Management and ARS will identify research needs relative to validating the effectiveness of the mechanical sampling device and work together to accomplish the research. A sampling unit will be identified for the device (either time of operation or number of trees sampled). Numbers of psyllids captured per sample unit will be determined at multiple locations in different blocks of trees. The effect of the device on fruit drop will be explored. Modifications to the device will be considered in an effort to increase efficiency, stabilize variability and reduce any negative effects associated with fruit drop.