Location: Fruit and Nut Research
2013 Annual Report
2. To determine the optimum formulation of applying entomopathogenic nematodes for control of lesser peachtree borer.
3. To assess the impact of entomopathogenic nematodes application on the indigenous natural enemy complex.
Peachtree borer and lesser peachtree borer are key pests of stone fruit (e.g., peach, plum, cherries). The project is aimed at developing an advanced pest management system for control of peachtree borers based on the use of entomopathogenic nematodes. Thus, far, the Byron station has initiated studies to improve entomopathogenic nematode formulation and enable effective use in aboveground applications for lesser peachtree borer control; additionally, field trials to optimize application methods for peachtree borer were initiated. The project promises to reduce chemical inputs and enhance sustainable agriculture.