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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Research Project: Enhancing Natural Enemy Systems; Biocontrol Implementation for Peach Tree Borers

Location: Fruit and Nut Research

Project Number: 6606-22000-022-02
Project Type: General Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Mar 01, 2013
End Date: Jan 28, 2015

Objective:
Develop a sustainable management system for southeastern peaches. Specifically, our objectives are: a) To determine the optimum method of applying entomopathogenic nematodes for control of peachtree borer (on a commercial scale). b) To determine the optimum entomopathogenic nematode formulation for control of lesser peachtree borer. c) To assess the impact of biocontrol applications on natural enemy systems.

Approach:
The University of Florida will participate in the above objectives by conducting small plot experiments at a field location in Quincy, FL to determine optimum methods to apply nematodes for peachtree borer control, and optimum formulations for lesser peachtree borer control. Additionally, University of Florida will conduct extension/outreach activities to disperse research findings to Florida peach growers. Three methods of entomopathogenic nematode application (trunk sprayer, microjet irrigation, and herbicide boom) will be compared under field conditions for efficacy in suppression of peachtree borer. A variety (approximately 6) of formulations will be field-tested for their ability to protect nematodes from UV radiation & desiccation, and efficacy in suppressing lesser peachtree borer. Outreach will include a variety of activities such as field-days, Fact-Sheets, grower meetings, webinars, and trade journal articles.

Last Modified: 8/30/2014
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