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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: An Effective Lure for Reliable Detection and Control of the Female Navel Orangeworm (Now) Moth

Location: Foodborne Toxin Detection and Prevention

2012 Annual Report


1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
Development of an effective lure for the reliable detection and control of the female navel orangeworm moth.


1b.Approach (from AD-416):
Using electrophysiological, behavioral, and field trapping studies this project will optimize and implement recently discovered, non-pheromonal lures for female navel orangeworm.


3.Progress Report:

There were delays in dispersing the grant funds by USDA-ARS to the Co-PD at UCR. This delayed the hiring of a student researcher at UC Riverside and slowed results from the behavioral studies. The appropriate Specific Cooperative Agreements have been developed and funds are available for the Co-PD. The USDA-ARS PD ramped up EAG screenings to provide sufficient number of blends with EAG activity greater than Blend A.

The UCR Co-PD has made progress in a unique laboratory-based behavioral assay for the navel orangeworm moth. At present, the bioassay is able to delineate behavior responses in a no-choice experiment with the current monitoring standard. Work has begun on a dual-choice experiment between the blend and current standard.

The progress made by this research shows great promise towards development of an effective lure for NOW. This contributes to the parent project overarching goal. Use of such a lure will greatly reduce one of the major risk factors associated with aflatoxin contamination of almond and pistachio.


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